Charlotte Quay, Dublin

  • Client: Zoe Developments
  • Architect: O'Mahony Pike Architects
  • Value(€ million): 44
  • Value($ million): 60
  • Completion date: 1998
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural
  • Awards: Selected as the Irish entry for the Mies Van der Rohe prize for 1999

PUNCH Consulting Engineers provided civil and structural design on this project, in addition to the detailed phasing works required.  The Millenium 18-storey tower is an in-situ concrete structure with central concrete stairs and lift core for stability.  All columns and reinforced concrete walls are supported on precast concrete piles. Overall stability of the building is achieved through the concrete cores and internal reinforced concrete walls.  The façade is constructed from reconstructed stone and was erected in large floor to floor sections.  The windows were installed afterwards from the inside of the structure which negated the need for scaffolding on the entire perimeter of the building.  This was not only a programme and cost saving but an advantage from a health and safety perspective when justifying work at height on an 18-storey tower.

Charlotte Quay is a mixed use development located at Charlotte Quay, close to Dublin City Centre. It is a 1.53 acre waterside site bounded by the water on two sides, an adjacent residential development on the third side and Ringsend Road on the fourth side. There are 242 one, two and three bed apartments, 800m2 of offices and a café/bar located in a prominent corner of the site. The tower has 78 apartments including 7 luxury penthouse suites and stands 49.0m above ground level. The development also incorporates a pontoon in the adjacent Grand Canal Docks where apartment owners can moor their boats.

The building heights range from 7 to 18 stories at the Millenium Tower.  When the project was completed in 1999, it had the title of tallest residential building in Ireland. This was only surpassed in 2008.  In 1999, this building was also selected as the Irish entry for the Mies Van der Rohe prize.

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