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Project in brief
This project consisted of the demolition of 8 blocks of three storey terrace houses, totalling 61 houses originally constructed in 1977, and the construction of 77 social residential units, completed in three phases. The existing housing blocks formed a continuous line of housing along Laurel Avenue, the new housing layout created 5 cul-de-sacs providing more intimate settings for the residents and reducing the possibilities for anti social behaviour. The mix of units included two storey houses and two storey apartments.

The demolition/construction sequence dictated that a number of the existing blocks were demolished at the start of each phase and the majority of the units programmed for that phase were constructed and handed over before commencing the next phase. This required thorough analysis of each of the underground services, to retain supply to the remaining houses and the surrounding area, and provide supply to the new units, whilst clearing service from the area of the next phase to facilitate construction of more units.

Storm Water Management
To comply with the SUDS requirements of the project and prevent rapid run-off entering the local storm water drainage system, it was necessary to attenuate the flow. However due to the lack of green areas for conventional attenuation methods, it was necessary to facilitate attenuation of the rainwater under the road of each cul-de-sac. A block paved surface was provided which allowed the rain to infiltrate through into a unique sub-base before being released in a controlled manner into the local storm sewer. The water leaving this system is cleaned by filtration and microbial action.

Project 3537 - Residential
Laurel Avenue Housing
Client: Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council
Architects: Gerry Cahill Architects
Value: €15.25m (2007)

Project scope:
  • Demolition of 61 Existing Units
  • Construction of 77 New Units
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At LeeMcCullough, we have considerable experience of a wide range of Residential 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 expansion 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 your 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.