|Scotch Hall, Redevelopment Drogheda, Co Louth|
Phase 1 of this development comprises civic facilities, 4* hotel, 700 car parking spaces, Dunnes Stores 743m2 retail, 52 other retail units, 140 apartments, riverside bars and restaurants. It also includes a footbridge and road bridge.
The approach to structural design involved initially 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. When Architectural information was frozen the structural design was able to be frozen for issue of construction information. Due to the lag in freezing architectural layouts it was necessary to design the piled foundations with a degree of flexibility to accommodate design development. This approach enabled the ability to add an additional floor to the development at a late stage of the construction.
As the project was undertaken on a substantial site area it was broken down into five different 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 Consulting Engineers offices. This required strong interfacing between offices to ensure that the designs were consistent at all times. 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 issuing of such information.