Holiday Inn, Dublin

  • Client: McAleer & Rushe (Design and Build Contractors)
  • Architect: ICA Architects Ltd
  • Value(€ million): €13m
  • Completion date: 2016
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

The former Findlater House office block on O’Connell Street has been converted into a 198-bedroom Holiday Inn Express Hotel.

The works include the complete soft strip of the building, removal of plantrooms, removal of the existing façade, the reconfiguration of the internal cores and construction of one additional floor using a lightweight Metsec Strucutre. The new façade consists of granite cladding and aluminium curtain walling with a feature 7.5m L shaped tower on the corner of O’Connell and Cathal Brugha Street.

PUNCH design incorporated detailed structural analysis of the existing concrete frame building and capacity assessment for the additional 6th floor rooms as well as other major structural alterations.

As a Design and Build contract PUNCH worked closely with the Contractor and Design team to assess the impact of design development on the existing structure and to successfully accommodate the requirements of a Hotel within the structural constraints of a building which started out as an office block.

PUNCH also provided PSDP services on the project, including review of temporary works proposals and window cleaning strategy.

This was the first new hotel to open in Dublin for nearly a decade following the recession.

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