DCU – Dublin City University (Block F)

  • Client: DCU (St. Patrick’s College Campus)
  • Architect: DCU – Dublin City University (Block F)
  • Value(€ million): €18m
  • Completion date: Ongoing
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

Currently on site, the project consists of an upgrade and redevelopment of the teacher training college of the DCU Campus. It comprises 4,500m2 of new accommodation, over two storeys. The new accommodation consists of lecture theatres, open plan offices, classrooms, workshops and ancillary break-out spaces.

The proposed two storey development is being constructed over an existing two/partly three storey building. The existing building does not have adequate capacity to resist the additional storeys, so the structure of the building is designed as long spanning steel transfer trusses that are installed above existing roof level. The transfer trusses are supported on an arrangement of steel columns. The steel columns are located around the perimeter, as well as the central courtyard of the existing building, with the

Northern Façade columns being angled in orientation to offer a “V-shape” to the façade.

The new extension is founded on an arrangement of pile caps and mini-piles, where the stability of the structure is by 3No. fair-faced concrete stair cores. The concrete stair cores are located on the North and South Facades, as well as the central courtyard of the existing building.

The works also include upgrading and cladding of the existing building, the refurbishment of the existing lower ground floor to accommodate a new entrance, covered bike parking, changing facilities and plant space (150 m²), as well as all associated site development and excavation works above and below ground.

This is an ambitious project with large spanning steel transfer structures that span over the existing two storey/part three storeys of the existing Block F building. Health and Safety is critical as the four as the campus must be kept operational for the majority of the year.

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