Sandyford, Dublin 18
Client: Landmark Developments
Architect: Traynor O’Toole Partnership
Services Provided: C&S Engineering Services
Category: Leisure & Hotels
Project Completed: 2005
The 4 Star Beacon Aparthotel forms part of the mixed use development known as Beacon Court, which is located in Sandyford Dublin 18. The project is located at the corner of Drummartin Link road and Blackthorn Drive.
The aparthotel is an eight storey building, with two-three levels of basement underneath. The building is L-shaped, with one wing consisting of apartments and the other being the hotel. There are 82 hotel bedrooms, and 70 luxury apartments. There is also a restaurant, bar and conference facilities.
The site is underlain with shallow granite and this had to be excavated to allow the construction of the basements. The excavation was typically 8m deep, with some areas being 11m deep.
The podium transfer slab allows a change from a car park grid of 7.6m x 8.0m approximately to the superstructure grid, which uses 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 PUNCH helped the contractor to increase productivity to meet the tight programme.
Floors consisted of precast concrete wideslabs and screed. Steel framed bathroom pods were used which minimized both the weight and depth of the floor recess. The façade consisted of precast concrete panels and extensive glazing. The roof was constructed using steel, which allowed a butterfly style roof with long cantilevers at the edge.