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25 05 2017

Newtownmountkennedy Primary School Update

The Design Team for the proposed new Newtownmountkennedy Primary School has been approved to proceed to Stage 2B (detailed design including planning application submission). We have included below some images of the proposed new facility.

Along with Downes Associates, the Design Team comprises Gilroy McMahon Architects, BDP Building Services Engineers, McCullagh Lupton Quinn Quantity Surveyors and JWHA Project Supervisor Design Process.


12 05 2017

Howth Road Launch

MKN Property Group, a valued client of Downes Associates, will launch Lonsdale, an infill development of sixteen four- and five-bed homes a short drive along the coast at 726-728 Howth Road, in Blackbanks, Raheny.

Downes Associates provided civil and structural engineering services on the Adrian Hill Architects designed project.


Link to brochure.

03 05 2017

Ennistymon ALDI Store Opens

This new store in Ennistymon, the third for Aldi in Co. Clare, brings the discount retailer’s number of supermarkets in Ireland to 129.

Downes Associates provided full civil and structural engineering services on this challenging site featuring a 6 metre high stone clad retaining wall and an extensive green roof.

Photo reproduced courtesy of The Clare Herald/Pat Flynn. Read more: http://clareherald.com/2017/04/latest-aldi-store-o...


20 04 2017

Fellowship of Engineers Ireland

Congratulations to our Managing Director, Gavin McHugh, on his transfer to Fellowship of Engineers Ireland, the highest accolade of the organisation. Gavin was recently conferred with his new professional title at the National Conferring of Registered Titles where the President of Engineers Ireland, Dermot Byrne, Chartered Engineer, presented him with his parchment.

05 04 2017

Completion at Ardscoil Phadraig Granard

The new secondary school building at Ardscoil Phadraig is now complete for our Client Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board. The new school building contains two science rooms and a number of SNU rooms. The project also included the construction of a new car park area to the front of the existing school.



29 03 2017

Abacus

Downes Associates has been assisting Artist Ruth Lyons with a competition entry for a landmark public artwork proposed at the entrance to the new Central Bank. The proposal represents a giant abacus comprising inclined glulam timber columns which support large diameter solid acrylic spheres.

The clear spheres, like impossibly large beads of water, act as lenses absorbing the surrounding light and distorting perspective to give a bizarre view of the world! The structure is stabilised using thin tension cables which are anchored to the podium slab below.

Check out more works by Ruth Lyons at www.ruth.ie

14 03 2017

DUB3 Official Opening

Interxion’s new DUB3 data centre in Grange Castle Business Park, Dublin 22, was officially opened by The Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald, TD. Interxion’s DUB3 carrier and cloud-neutral data centre provides the latest secure, scalable infrastructure for mission-critical IT systems, with a wide range of connectivity solutions.

Downes Associates provided civil and structural design services to the project from planning to completion with the main contractor Structure Tone. The project was delivered using the BIM platform.

08 02 2017

100 Tonnes!

Downes Associates is assisting Stewart Building Contractors with the design of temporary works at the Goethe Institute, Merrion Square. The latest works involve the temporary support of almost 100 tonnes of historic brickwork!


02 02 2017

Completion at Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha

The Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha new primary school building in Tuam, Co. Galway is now complete. The school will cater for a total 360 pupils plus 20 staff members. Downes Associates is involved on the project as part of the Stewart Group Design and Build team for the Department of Education and Skills.

23 01 2017

Update on St. Alban's Road

We recently provided a glimpse of this project in our news item entitled "Pushing the Envelope". The project comprised the design and construction of a bespoke timber framed extension to an existing structure. The works primarily comprise an interlocking grillage of 25mm thick Finnish Birch plywood members that provide both vertical support and lateral support to the structural glass façade. No mechanical fixings are used to connect the plywood members, which ultimately bear onto a polished concrete raft slab.

Downes Associates are delighted to announce that this project now completed and designed in conjunction with Architect Eamon Peregrine has been entered into the ACEI Design Excellence Awards 2017. Watch this space!!

21 12 2016

Happy Christmas!


07 12 2016

Completion at Coláiste Bhaile Chláir

The building for the new 450 pupil Claregalway Post Primary School is now complete and has been occupied by students and teachers. The remainder of the surrounding site works are due for completion this month. Downes Associates is involved on the project as part of the Stewart Group Design and Build team for the Department of Education and Skills.
17 11 2016

Taking on the BIM Challenge

n recent years, Downes Associates recognised the industry-wide adoption of BIM and invested in modelling software and associated hardware years in advance and has built up significant project experience.

We have successfully delivered a number of projects where BIM has been an integral part of the design process and the production of information. Downes Associates produce BIM models for projects across all sectors and have extensive experience in sharing modelling information with other design team members, sub-consultancies, contractors and subcontractors.

Downes Associates now has the tools that allow models to move between our 3D structural analysis and design software, Tekla 3D, and our 3D drafting software, Autodesk Revit, allowing us the facility to provide a fully integrated BIM solution for our clients.

We have integrated an approach to BIM into our NSAI accredited ISO9000:2015 quality management system and our clients benefit from the knowledge that we have the latest design technology implemented by fully trained, qualified and experienced staff.

For further information, see our 'BIM Projects' experience.

11 11 2016

Progress at Bird Avenue

The first phase of the Brian M. Durkan Limited 'Hawthorn' mixed residential development comprising 54 units is well underway at Bird Avenue in Clonskeagh.

Downes Associates is involved as consulting civil and structural engineers for the project along with John Fleming Architects and Delap & Waller Building Services Engineers.

03 11 2016

Cork City Council Appointment

Downes Associates is delighted to announce its recent appointment as consulting civil and structural engineers on a planned social housing development with Cork City Council Architects' Department of 65 new homes in the Deanrock area of Cork City.

Preparation of civil and structural engineering tender drawings and specification has commenced with a view to having foundations for new homes constructed in the first half of 2017.

26 10 2016

Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh Appointment

Downes Associates is delighted to announce its appointment on the development of the new Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh campus on the former Dawn Dairies brownfield site on the Clare Road in Limerick. Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh is an all-Irish Post-Primary College established under the auspices of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

The project brief includes the clearance of the existing site and the design and delivery of the new school building with an overall budget of approximately €12M.

28 09 2016

“A Room of Sticks – Built on Bricks”

At Downes Associates we love a challenge and always enjoy pushing the boundaries of structural design. We have in recent weeks been involved on this very intriguing and completely bespoke timber framed project, described by its award winning Architect, Tom Maher, as a plywood tent. The works comprise a two storey structure utilising stressed skin panels, bespoke timber composite construction and no single timber element greater than 100mm deep!


26 09 2016

Progress on St. Martin's Special School

Steel frame erection has commenced at St. Martin's Special School, Ballintruckle, Waterford on which Downes Associates are retained as consulting engineers.

12 09 2016

Enhanced Analysis & Design Capability

Downes Associates is proud to announce that we have added Tekla Structural Designer to our ever-evolving suite of in-house design software.

Tekla Structural Designer is a revolutionary software package which, combined with Downes Associates extensive knowledge of fundamental and complex engineering principles, has already been used to develop detailed structural analysis models and designs from initial concept sketches resulting in considerable savings on a number of exciting retail, commercial and educational buildings.

The software is fully compatible with our BIM (Building Information Modelling) software packages which allows us to provide clear, efficient, innovative and coordinated designs often working within restricted construction budgets and programmes.

31 08 2016

Goethe Institute

Excavations and temporary shoring for a double basement are now complete. Downes Associates is providing temporary works design services to Stewart on the project, which involves the construction of new extension on a confined site to the rear of the existing Georgian building on Merrion Square, Dublin.
03 08 2016

Housing at Cappagh Complete

Project involved the construction of multi-unit two-storey housing development on a greenfield site with associated residential road and car parking. The houses and the associated services were constructed by P.J. Carey (Contractors) Ltd. for Fingal County Council. The development is located on Cappagh Road, Fingal, Dublin 11.


01 06 2016

Pushing the Envelope!

Erection of bespoke timber frame has commenced at No. 12 St. Albans Road. The structure comprises an interlocking grillage of 25mm thick Finnish Birch plywood members cut to precision using CNC technology. No mechanical fixings are used to connect the members which ultimately bear onto a polished concrete raft slab. The structure will be clad with toughened laminated glass in the coming weeks. Watch this space!


29 05 2016

ALDI Ashe Road Waterford

Aldi recently re-opened its extended store at Ashe Road in Waterford. Downes Associates provided full civil and structural engineering services on the project.

27 04 2016

Foundations Commence at Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha

The construction of foundations has commenced on the new Gaelscoil Iarfhlatha in Tuam, Co. Galway. Downes Associates is involved on the project as part of the Stewart Group Design and Build team for the Department of Education and Skills. The project is on programme for completion in 2016.
20 04 2016

Precast Commences in Claregalway

The erection by O'Reilly Concrete of ground floor precast walls has commenced on the site of the new 450 pupil Claregalway Post Primary School. Downes Associates is involved on the project as part of the Stewart Group Design and Build team for the Department of Education and Skills. The project is on programme for completion in the Autumn of 2016.
13 04 2016

Progress at Data Centre Grangecastle

Steel frame erection has commenced at Data Centre project in Grangecastle Business Park on which Downes Associates are retained as consulting engineers. Once complete, this building with only 6 No. internal columns, will provide the client with a net lettable area of over 2,000 square metres.

05 04 2016

“CPD Accredited Employer”

Downes Associates has been awarded Engineers Ireland “CPD Accredited Employer” status for a further two year period.

https://www.engineersireland.ie/cpd-training/cpd-a...

Downes Associates has a policy and framework to develop all personnel in order to maximise team and individual contributions to the organisational objectives. Downes Associates believes in the promotion of career satisfaction and progression through providing relevant internal training and education, participation on new projects and acquiring new skills is key to individual and organisation success.

Downes Associates supports the development of the working team, so those individuals can acquire additional skills for their present positions and new skills for future opportunities within the organisation. All employees working for Downes Associates are encouraged to take advantage of development programmes both within and outside the organisation.

31 03 2016

ACEI Engineering Design Excellence Awards Shortlisting

“The Irish Whiskey Museum”, a Downes Associates project, has been shortlisted for the ACEI Engineering Design Excellence Awards 2016 in the Small Structures category. The project comprised the sensitive strengthening and refurbishment of the 6 storey building at No. 119 Grafton St originally constructed under the guidance of renowned Architect Sir Thomas Manly Deane circa 1879. The works included the strengthening of existing timber floors within a protected structure, the construction of a new steel staircase, steel framed lift shaft and landings, a high level steel framed canopy and construction of a new part basement within a confined site to the rear of the existing terrace.


29 03 2016

2016 ACEI Emerging Professional Consulting Engineer Award

We are delighted to announce that Ian Connolly, an Associate with the Practice, has been shortlisted for the 2016 ACEI Emerging Professional Consulting Engineer (EPCE) award. The award is presented to a consulting engineer with excellent communication skills, business acumen, technical capabilities and strong ethical values.

14 03 2016

ISO 9000:2015 Certification

Downes Associates has recently been assessed and deemed to comply with the latest (2015) version of I.S. EN ISO 9001 for the provision of civil and structural engineering consultancy services. ISO 9001:2015 replaces previous editions and while certification bodies will have up to three years to migrate certificates to the new version, Downes Associates has decided to upgrade well in advance of the deadline.

09 03 2016

Innovative Car Park Solution

Downes Associates has recently completed a car park extension project in Athlone involving an innovative approach to construction on marginal ground. The original car park was constructed over ten years ago on piled foundations due to the poor nature of the underlying ground. A proposal to extend the car park using a similar piled solution was ruled out as too expensive and Downes Associates was tasked by the client with exploring a more cost effective solution.


Site investigation and associated testing to assess the compressibility of the underlying ground was undertaken by Ground Investigations Ireland Limited. In general the underlying ground consists of a layer of made ground over soft and very soft peats, clays and silts to a granular stratum at up to 15 metres. Using the test results, values for settlement were predicted for various amounts of filling to the site.

A solution to construct new car park surfacing at marginally above the existing level of the overflow car park to account for predicted residual settlement over a sub-base of angular well graded stone fill reinforced with a high strength low deformation geogrid was adopted. The exact specification and depth of the reinforced sub-base was agreed with valued input from specialist geogrid supplier, Naue Geosynthetics Limited.

06 02 2016

Tudor Homes Appointment

Downes Associates is delighted to announce its recent appointment as consulting civil and structural engineers on a planned residential development by Tudor Homes of up to 400 new homes in the Druid's Glen area of the Cherrywood Special Development Zone.

06 02 2016

Breaking Ground in Grangecastle

Ground works have commenced in Grange Castle Business Park on new data centre project.

The Main Contractor and Downes Associates' client is StructureTone.

28 01 2016

ADAPT 18 Schools Programme

The Department of Education and Skills homepage

Downes Associates is delighted to announce its appointment on Lot 3 of the Department of Education and Skills ADAPT 18 Schools Programme. Lot 3 involves the development of a new primary school on the site of an old secondary school off Parliament Street in Ennistymon that is to be amalgamated. Upon completion the new Scoil Mhuire secondary school that is to be built on a site adjacent the Lahinch Road, the existing secondary school off Parliament Street is to be demolished and replaced with the new primary school.

27 01 2016

DA Sponsorship of The High School Junior Rugby

Downes Associates is delighted to be involved as a sponsor of The High School in its junior rugby competitions.

22 01 2016

New ALDI Stores

Queues outside new ALDI store in KnocknacarraAldi has further increased its national presence with the opening of two new stores in Knocknacarra, Co. Galway and Newcastle West, Co. Limerick. Creating 40 new jobs, the new shops opened on Thursday, 19 November. Downes Associates provided full civil and structural engineering services on the two challenging sites.

The new Knocknacarra store is Aldi’s ninth store in Co. Galway, while the Newcastle West store is Aldi’s third store in Co. Limerick. This brings the total number of Aldi stores in Ireland to 122, with the first Aldi store in Ireland opening back in November 1999.

Read more: http://www.shelflife.ie/aldi-opens-new-stores-in-k...

19 01 2016

Website Launch

Downes Associates is delighted to announce the launch of its new website.