The project consisted of alterations to an existing premises to allow it to be subdivided into a restaurant premises to the one side at ground level and a Sherry Fitzgerald branch to the other.
The scope of works included the design of a new party wall between the two premises, the design and detailing of a structural goal-post frame at ground level to create an open space in the proposed Sherry Fitzgerald premises, completing a due diligence design check on the first floor to determine its capacity to support the change in occupancy, and the design of the shop front to the Sherry Fitzgerald premises.
The design check of the first floor, consisting of timber joists and plywood, identified the requirement for strengthening works by creating a stressed skin panel utilising the existing joists to ensure sufficient capacity to support office loading.
The shop front design was another challenge due to an existing manhole clashing with the extent of the shop front which was only identified once construction started as well as an existing RC pier in the front façade of the building. The manhole had to be relocated and the RC pier had to be demolished. EirEng provided a method statement for the demolition of the pier with high-strength load bearing brick work constructed to provide stability and support the façade beam.
Inspection plans and site inspections were also completed on a periodic basis with Inspection Reports provided in line with the Irish Building Control (Amendment) Regulations (BCAR).
PKPM, CPR Architects, Meehan Building & Carpentry Services Ltd.