Shanganagh Castle Residential

Shankill Village, Co. Dublin​

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Project Details

Client: Land Development Agency and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council

Architect: ABK Architects

Value: €162.3M

Services Provided: Civil and Structural Traffic Engineering Services

Category: Residential

Project Duration: 2018 – Ongoing

Project Description

Shanganagh Castle Residential Development is a Land Development Agency/Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council project situated on the grounds of the original Shanganagh Castle Demense in Shankill Village Co. Dublin. It is also the first project to be backed by the Land Development Agency (LDA) which was established by the Government to unlock State land for new homes and improve the supply of new homes throughout Ireland. At Shanganagh the LDA will deliver 597 homes and associated creche and community facilities in a first of its kind partnership with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

The Shanganagh Castle lands is one of two parcels of lands that forms the Woodbrook-Shanganagh Local Area Plan which provides an overall development framework for the area and a site specific strategy to kick-start a new sustainable residential development on the Shanganagh Castle Site.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers is engaged by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council as the Civil, Structural and Traffic Consultants for all stages of the Project from inception, through Part 10 planning, detailed design, tender and construction.

The Shanganagh Castle lands is one of two parcels of lands that forms the Woodbrook-Shanganagh Local Area Plan which provides an overall development framework for the area and a site specific strategy to kick-start a new sustainable residential development on the Shanganagh Castle Site.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers is engaged by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council as the Civil, Structural and Traffic Consultants for all stages of the Project from inception, through Part 10 planning, detailed design, tender and construction.

The development site presents a number of complex engineering and logistical challenges in the design and delivery of the scheme including:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) for the scheme as the development exceeds 500 unit threshold
  • Part 10 Planning Application to An Bord Pleanala and associated Oral Hearing
  • Development co-ordination around the existing protected Shanganagh Castle structure and surrounding demense including the original feature pond on the grounds
  • Hydrogeological assessment and site investigations to establish the ground water regime at the existing pond to maintain the pond water levels and protect the associated habitats
  • Infrastructure co-ordination with the adjoining Woodbrook Residential Scheme (1500 Units) to provide common outfalls
  • Development Co-Ordination with Multiple Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council Part 8 Shanganagh Crematorium and Shanganah Park schemes
  • Development co-ordination with DLRCC parks, roads and environment departments in relation to infrastructure routes serving Shanganagh Castle scheme through the adjoining Shanganagh Park and connecting into the Woodbrook Development Scheme to the south
  • Development co-ordination with DLRCC Park Department in relation to pedestrian routes through Shanganagh Park to connect into a proposed Dart Station to serve the Woodbrook and Shanganagh Castle Schemes
  • Design Development co-ordination with Bus Connects (National Transport Authority) in relation to the proposed core bus corridor along the old Dublin Road (R119) at the western boundary of the site

Our technical expertise and ability to work closely with the Design Team and in particular with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council architects, planning, roads, environment and parks departments has been vital on this project and has provided a unique understanding of the technical requirements of DLRCC on a large scale residential project.

Planning was complicated – achieved through the rarely used Local Authority Part 10 planning process for over 500 housing units (Part 10 is similar to the normal Local Authority Part 8 process but includes an EIAR and a direct application to An Bord Pleanala)

The LDA were anxious to announce their first project was making good progress so there was a very tight deadline around Christmas 2019 to get the project out for planning – which PUNCH met.

PUNCH are providing civil and structural services for the entire project. While we awaited the now successful planning decision, the instruction from LDA to proceed to detailed design was given in spring 2020 and we are currently working flat out to bring the project to Tender under a Design and Build Contract in January 2021. Post Tender Award PUNCH will be part of the Technical Advisor Team working on behalf of the Client Land Development Agency shadowing the Design and Build Contractor and ensuring the vision for Shanganagh Castle is realised with the first houses handed over in summer 2022

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