Millennium Trade Park, Ballycoolin, Dublin

  • Client:
  • Hillview Developments
  • Architect:
  • Keenan Lynch Architects
  • Value(€ million):
  • 38
  • Value($ million):
  • 52
  • Completion date:
  • 1999-2009
  • PUNCH services:
  • Civil, Structural, Masterplanning

PUNCH provided Civil engineering services to the entire park, and Structural services on the initial 36-unit scheme (1999) and the later 36-unit scheme (2005). Phasing was a crucial part of this project.  The first phase included the bulk of the site infrastructure – roads, sewers water mains, attenuation tank, foul and surface water pumping stations and potable water boosting system.  Road and services connections were left for future developments at the site and the services were extended over time to facilitate the expansion.  All of the services were designed to operate under low-usage existing conditions and future high-usage conditions.

The Millennium Trade Park is located on a 40 acre site in Ballycoolin, North Dublin.  The client, Hillview Developments, is the commercial property arm of McInerney Holdings plc.  The project began in 1999 on a green-field site, with the construction of 36 industrial units measuring 39,948m2 to the north of the site.  Other subsequent developments include a Celtic Waste facility, a further 36-unit industrial scheme, Thorntons Recycling facility, GMC Limited Headquarters, Keegan Quarries and a Readymix concrete facility.

The project faced a number of challenges from the outset, caused by a lack of public infrastructure in the area.  Surface water drainage was pumped to an existing system in the Northwest Business Park, following attenuation on site in a large underground tank.  The water supply in the area was inadequate for both existing and proposed developments thus booster tanks were constructed on site to achieve the required water pressures.  The construction of the new water tower beside the M50 in 2008 ultimately became the solution to the water supply problems in the area.

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