Beacon Aparthotel

  • Client: Landmark Developments
  • Architect: Traynor O’Toole Partnership
  • Value(€ million): €32
  • Completion date: 2005
  • PUNCH services: Civil & Structural

The 4 Star Beacon Aparthotel forms part of the mixed use development known as Beacon Court, which is located in Sandyford Industrial Estate in South Dublin.  The project is located at the corner of Drummartin Link road and Blackthorn Drive.  The hotel section is adjacent to the Beacon Hospital, and is operated by the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group.

The aparthotel is an eight storey building, with two-three levels of basement underneath.  The building is L-shaped, with one wing consisting of apartments and the other being the hotel.  There are 82 hotel bedrooms, and 70 luxury apartments.  There is also a restaurant, bar and conference facilities.

The site is underlain with shallow granite and this had to be excavated to allow the construction of the basements.  The excavation was typically 8m deep, with some areas being 11m deep.

The podium transfer slab allows a change from a cark park grid of 7,6m x 8.0m approximately to the superstructure grid, which uses mass concrete structural walls on a 9.1m grid.  These walls were reinforced with plastic fibres, with tie columns at certain locations.  This innovative approach by PUNCH helped the contract to increase his productivity to meet the tight programme.

Floors consisted of precast concrete wideslabs and screed.  Steel framed bathroom pods were used which minimized both the weight and depth of the floor recess.  The façade consisted of precast concrete panels and extensive glazing.  The roof was done in steel, which allowed a butterfly style roof with long cantilevers at the edge.

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