Impressive new Residential and Retail Development
Project in brief
This project entailed the demolition of a single storey section of the Ilac Centre, built 1979, and the construction of a new eight storey structure. This building consists of a basement car park (1340 m2), retail units on the ground floor (1700 m2) and eight floors of 126 apartments over. The structure is supported on piled foundations and is constructed in insitu concrete up to 1st floor level. The upper floor levels consist of precast concrete wide slabs with structural topping.
The basement was constructed tight to a section of the remaining Ilac Centre structure. This provided the challenge of inserting a secant pipe wall beside existing foundations built of vibration compacted "stone columns" without disturbing them. This was achieved by insertion of a grout curtain between the existing foundation and the secant pipe wall.
This curtain consisted of 225mm diameter bores at 300mm c/c drilled to the proposed depth of the secant pile wall, into which grout was pumped forming a curtain to prevent undermining of the existing foundations.
The structure was constructed over the entrance to the existing Ilac Centre service yard and ESB sub-station, both of which had to remain 'live' at all times.
Greeg Court, Parnell Street, Dublin
Architects: Anthony Reddy Associates
Value: € 32m (2006)
- New build in city centre location
- Basement Car Park
- Ground floor Retail units
- Eight floors of Luxury Apartments
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The precast balcony units were secured to the main structure using proprietary load bearing thermal insulation elements. Conventional balcony attachments create thermal bridges and a source of thermal outflow, whereas our design achieved extremely low thermal conductivity, and offers an ideal insulation solution. Fibre mesh reinforced concrete walls were used as a cost effective alternative to conventional masonary.
Retail & Residential
Over the years, at LeeMcCullough, we have worked on many retail projects, often combined with residential or office accommodation. Frequently these projects require innovative engineering solutions that balance style with functionality, construction cost-effectiveness and flexibility for future needs.
In delivering retail-driven projects we are conscious of:
- The importance of close and collaborative teamwork at every stage of the project
- The need for ambience, space, air and light, and how innovative engineering can facilitate these; and
- How important it is to provide value, both in terms of materials and ease of construction, enabling efficient completion and timely opening of all facilities
Our extensive experience has given us a clear understanding of the requirements of developers and architects in the areas of retail, office and residential construction, we bring this knowledge to the benefit of our clients in all of our new projects in these sectors.