Scotch Hall Development, Drogheda

  • Client: Edward Holdings
  • Architect: Douglas Wallace Architects
  • Value(€ million): 128
  • Value($ million): 175
  • Completion date: 2005
  • PUNCH services: Civil, Structural
  • Awards: The British Council of Shopping Centres (BCSC) Gold Medal Award 2006, Best Commercial Building of the Year - Louth County Council Design and Conservation Awards 2006, Highly Commended - Opus Architecture and Construction Awards 2006

As the project was undertaken on a substantial site area, it was broken down into five zones.  The fast track nature of the development required further adaptation of our resources which resulted in different elements being designed in three different PUNCH offices. This required strong interfacing between offices. Delivery of design information to site and the rest of the design team was also aided by the use of a Project Extranet to expedite the issuing of such information.

The Scotch Hall development in Drogheda is located in the centre of the town, in an impressive waterfront location beside the historic River Boyne. The main element of the project is a 24,000m2 shopping centre, which contains an anchor tenant with 743m2 of retail space, and 52 other shops and restaurants. There is also a 4-star luxury hotel – the d hotel – which has 104 rooms, a riverside restaurant and bar, and meeting and business facilities. There is a residential element to the project which comprises 140 apartments. Car parking is provided for over 700 cars. The project also includes a footbridge and road bridge over the River Boyne.

The approach to structural design initially involved producing various broad scheme solutions for assessment with regard to cost and time.  It was apparent at a very early stage of the design that the time constraint dictated the use of steel.  This meant that the frame could be erected at an early stage, but enabled flexibility with respect to service opes for this design which developed at a later stage.  Design was undertaken on draft architectural and M&E layouts, enabling early issue of broad steel information to enable ordering of materials by the fabricator.  Due to time constraints it was necessary to design the piled foundations with a degree of flexibility to accommodate design development.  This approach provided the flexibility to add an additional floor to the development at a late stage of the construction.

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