Pallas Foods Distribution Centre

Blanchardstown, Dublin​

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Project Details

Client: Pallas Foods

Architect: O’Toole Partnership

Design & Build Contractor: John Paul

Value: €35.0M

Services Provided: C&S Engineering Services to D&B Contractor

Category: Logistics

Project Duration: 2013 – 2014

Project Description

The development is located in the North-east Blanchardstown area on a 15.78 hectares (38.47 acres) site. The development primarily consists of office space, dry and freezer goods warehouses with racking, mini loader areas and dock levellers. The warehousing elements are a combination of single storey and double height structures generally 11m high, rising to 16m where there are roof top plant rooms.


The development overall scheme consists of following approximate sizes:

  • 33,000m2 part single storey, double height and part two storey warehousing building
  • 15,000m2 cold warehouse
  • 13,000m2 dry warehouse
  • 2300m2 food packaging processing area including ancillary staff facilities
  • 2,300m2 office space including a food demonstration area
  • Plant rooms of 489m2
  • Part single storey, part two storey 1,250m2 Vehicle Maintenance Facility including a truck wash and truck fuelling area.
  • 12m2 single storey gatehouse
  • New vehicular access from a planned campus road off the M2-N3 Link Road and R121
  • External screened plant area of 168m2 and two external service I plant yards of 684 and 566m2
  • 75 no. covered bicycle parking spaces; 330 no. car parking spaces; 183 no. truck and trailer parking spaces
  • Associated site works and connections including landscaping, 3 no. attenuation areas and boundary treatment
  • Signage comprising 2 no. externally lit monolith signs (2m x 4.5m) at entrance and south-east of the site

Lime stabilization was proposed to treat the soil in order to improve its workability and loadbearing
characteristics. Lime will substantially increase the stability, impermeability, and load-bearing capacity of the subgrade. This will reduce the downtime, foundation sizes and providing an improved working surface.

The structural scheme for the development was detailed using Revit and BIM software. The project was chosen to be done in Revit so that services and secondary steel elements were coordinated into the main structural steel frame. This ensured a fully coordinated scheme prior to arriving on site.

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