New Build Projects

Professional Engineering Response

Timber frame and alternative housing solutions

Project 3679 Residential/New Build
CastlePark Housing
Client: South Dublin County Council
Architects: Kevin Brady Architect
Value: € 2.1m (2008)
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Project in brief
Timber framed housing has become an accepted alternative form of construction in Ireland to traditional blockwork. LeeMcCullough were commissioned as Civil & Structural Engineers by SDCC for their infill housing development at Castlepark, Tallaght.

The development consisted of nine 1 & 2 storey houses, several of which were to be specially adapted for less abled occupants.

Key features
To enable a short on site period, timber frame was proposed. This solution also had the advantage that greater levels of insulation could be provided. As part of the civil works we also co-ordinated the re-routing of services that were running through the site.

With timber frame, there are many known pitfalls, however by working with a leading supplier and close site supervision by the design team, we ensured the end product was correctly delivered.

Project Features

  • Alternative structural solution
  • Timber framed houses
  • Energy efficient & sustainable design
  • Infill developments
  • Civil Engineering works
  • Site services co-ordination
  • Specially adapted housing

Project 3332 Residential New Build
Garristown Housing
Client: Fingal Co Co
Architects: Duffy Mitchell O'Donoghue
Value: € 6m (2008)
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Project in brief
LeeMcCullough were commissioned by Fingal Co Co to provide Civil & Structural Engineering advice on the development of thirty eight, 1, 2 & 3 storey energy efficient houses on two sites in Garristown, north County Dublin.

Key features
In light of our brief, the Poroton clay block single leaf system was used rather than a traditional Insulated cavity between block leafs. The system has been widely used on the continent & consists of a high performance honeycombed block fabricated from terracotta clay laid on a thin mortar joint.

It was necessary for LeeMcCullough to confirm that the Poroton system complied with the relevant structural aspects of the Building Regulations, this involved checking aspects of the design and visiting sites in Ireland were it had been used.

The development achieved a B2 energy rating.

Residential Housing

At Lee McCullough, we have considerable experience of a wide range of Residential Housing projects over the past ten years.

Issues successfully and cost effectively addressed include:

  • The phased demolition of existing structures
  • Site investigation and management of waterflows, contamination and poor site conditions
  • Retention and diversion of services throughout each phase
  • Flexible foundation solutions to facilitate architectural design
  • Structural and Civil design services that are value driven and cost efficient in construction
  • Innovative engineering solutions that facilitate project compliance, quality and cost

As part of a project team, LeeMcCullough recognize the need to work in a collaborative and supportive manner to ensure that all engineering aspects of a project are delivered to the required standards, cost-efficiently and on time.