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This landmark building in Dublin required a complex, bespoke design solution with additional fire-stopping works

Osprey were appointed to carry out the full design replacement of a combustible EPS cassette rain-screen to this student accommodation building in Dublin

The complete backing system, membranes, balcony decks, shop-front signage, copings and flashing were all designed, manufactured and installed alongside the main façade.

Approx. size 900m2

Design solutions

The building sits prominantly on a main road in to Dublin and is well known locally. For planning reasons, the new façade had to replicate the original and we chose a bespoke Schueco curtain wall framework and new insulated aluminum panels with AWS windows.

  • Panels and windows were toggled into the curtain wall to create a seemless watertight facade
  • As the supporting steel framework had little or no fire protection, we appointed a specialist contractor to complete this in conjunction with the programmed façade works
  • Internal firestopping included the rebuilding of compartment walls and preparation of pipe penetrations
  • Balcony rainscreen elements and decks were also remediated to complete and compliment the new façade works.

Temporary works

Always striving to design the temporary works to suit the environment, the access scaffolding was shrink-wrapped to allow works to continue in all weather conditions.

  • Designed with a canopy roof to allow work in all weathers
  • Scaffold design routinely altered during the works to allow the continuation of work across the building
  • MEWP access used to complete the silicone works.

Consideration for occupants

The internal remediation required the student accommodation areas to be vacated. However, the commercial tenants on the ground floor remained throughout the duration of the works.

  • Management liaison with commercial tenants
  • Works carried out within the commercial premises
  • Working out-of-hours to ensure continued access.

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