Beacon Aparthotel, Dublin

Project Title Beacon Aparthotel, Dublin
ClientLandmark Developments
ArchitectTraynor O’Toole Architects
TPE Consulting Engineers ServicesCivil and Structural
Value$41 million
Completion DateAutumn 2005



Project Description

Beacon Aparthotel forms part of the mixed use development known as Beacon Court, which is located in Sandyford Industrial Estate in South Dublin.  It is an 8-storey building over a double basement car park and is divided into a hotel block and an apartment block.  The hotel section is adjacent to the Beacon Private Hospital, and is operated by the Fitzpatrick Hotel group.  The building is L-shaped with one wing consisting of 5,000m2 of hotel accommodation including 82 hotel rooms and the other wing consisting of 6,000m2 of apartment space with 70 luxury apartments.  There is also a restaurant and bar and conference facilities and the hotel opened in 2005. 

Civil and Structural Engineering

The site is underlain with shallow granite and this had to be excavated to allow the construction of the basements. The excavation was typically 8.0m deep, with some areas being 11.0m deep.

The podium transfer slab allowed a change from a car park grid of 7.6m x 8.0m approx to the superstructure grid, which used mass concrete structural walls on a 9.1m grid. These walls were reinforced with plastic fibres, with tie columns at certain locations. This innovative approach by TPE Consulting Engineers helped the contractor to increase his productivity to provide a better investment for our client.    

Floor construction consisted of precast concrete Wideslabs and screed. Steel framed bathroom pods were used, which minimised both the weight and the depth of the floor recess. The façade consisted of precast concrete panels and extensive glazing. The roof was constructed in steel, which allowed a butterfly style roof with long cantilevers at the edge.