Bushy Park Housing and Apartments, Dublin

  • Client: Bushy Park Consortium
  • Architect: O'Mahony Pike Architects
  • Value(€ million): 38
  • Value($ million): 52
  • Completion date: 2003
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural

Further to the client’s brief to minimise blockwork, PUNCH designed the load bearing walls using in-situ mass concrete with crack inducers at regular intervals. The elimination of all reinforcement in these walls resulted in a significant cost, materials and programme saving.  Another challenge presented to PUNCH was the number of large mature trees present, with an extensive basement being constructed adjacent to them.  Working closely with the landscape consultants, a system of recharging groundwater during excavation was developed to ensure their survival. Use of prefabricated elements was extensively promoted throughout the site.  Close co-operation between PUNCH and the client/contractor resulted in significant savings in programme and building cost.  Working with the architect and client, only minor variations were required to precast units thus significantly increasing the repetition of elements and making valuable cost savings.

This residential and commercial development of 274 houses & apartments surrounds an old estate house park in the heart of suburban South County Dublin.  The houses and apartments have a favourable aspect with stunning views over the adjacent Bushy Park.

This project is an example of how interacting closely with our client, architect and design team to explore innovative solutions resulted in an optimal solution with environmental, programme and cost savings.  The result is a high quality residential development that sits comfortably in its setting and minimises maintenance required.

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