Portlaoise Junction Improvements

This contract involved the upgrade & enhancement of the existing junctions along the N80 & R445 with Block Road, South Circular Road and Fielbrook Road. The improvement works to the junctions included upgrading of pedestrian and cycle facilities. The works also included the construction of new urban roundabouts. The works will involved raised pedestrian crossings and modified horizontal and vertical alignment. The works also involved traffic calming ramps along local estates. Works on the N80 involved construction of new roundabouts at the N80 & Block Rd Junction and N80 and South Circular Road Junction. Works on the R445 Dublin Road involved new macadam roundabout at the R445 & Fielbrook Road Junction and Realignment of the Block Rd & R445 Junction at the Midlands Hospital prior to installation of new roundabout. Works at all junctions involved new kerbing, ducting & drainage, public lighting, road construction, road resurfacing, concrete & macadam footpaths and pedestrian crossings. This Project was carried out on extremely busy roads and required a very high level of phasing & coordination of the works in order to progress the works as efficiently as possible while minimising impact on traffic. Works on the N80 required completion prior to local schools reopening in September. We Designed & Implemented a Traffic & pedestrian Management plan for each phase of the works in order to achieve this. Traffic Volumes on both theN80 & R445 were 16,000 AADT Works also included the demolition of existing blockwork boundary wall at HSE Regional Hospital and setting back & reinstating further into HSE property to allow widening and realignment of Block Rd & R445 Junction. Works involved removal, restoration and re erection of cast iron railing to the top of the wall which required reworking to suit new radius.

Firhouse Temporary Primary Schools

This project consisted of the construction of 2nr. 4 classroom temporary primary schools for the Department of Education and Skills on a green field site in Firhouse Co. Dublin. The works comprised of site development and the construction, installation, fit out and commissioning of 2 single storey blocks each containing 4 classrooms, staff offices, resource room, reception, canteen, lobby, corridor and plant room.

We undertook Role of PSCS & Main Contractor for the Works. The project was accelerated on to a rapid build programme as the client required the schools to be operational by September to take in 120 pupils. We commenced works onsite in late May and successfully completed the works in under 16 weeks.

The Temporary School Buildings were constructed using a modular design which enabled the steel frame structure, external and internal walls, roof and floor to be constructed offsite and thus fast tracking the construction process as they were being fabricated simultaneously with the foundations and groundworks ongoing in site. The 12m x 3m building units were delivered to site and installed with a 80Tn mobile Crane. These units were bolted together and internally finished onsite with a full mechanical & Electrical fit out including a PA address system, automated door entry, fire alarm, CCTV, class call system, intercom access, as well as internal doors, ironmongery & joinery, internal painting, polyflor welded vinly floor finish, suspended ceiling, fixtures and fittings.

Aside from the 2 school buildings the works included service installation & connection to Water, Telecoms, Foul Sewer and Drainage, Site clearance and bulk excavation of 3200 m3 of soil, Construction of 200m RC retaining wall with a cranked post welded mesh fence installed on top, construction of a new access road, staff car park and associated footpaths as well as landscaping, perimeter fence and 2 nr. tarmacadam play areas