C + W O’Brien Architects and the wider C + W Group have been investigating the possibilities of using modular construction techniques and off-site manufacturing to speed up the delivery of different projects. For C + W O’Brien Architects, this research and development have culminated in the use of off-site manufacturing in the construction and delivery of several projects. We have gained a wealth of experience in Modular Architecture, including the largest volumetric build in Ireland to date, and Ireland’s first modular, build-to-rent project to receive planning permission.
Sandyford Student Accommodation – Ireland’s Largest Volumetric Project
This development is considered to be Ireland’s largest modular building and is located in Sandyford Industrial Estate, Co. Dublin. The development will provide world-class student accommodation services in Dublin. This 817 Bedroom Student Accommodation development will reach 9-10 stories in height achieving high density. It will also include extensive on-site amenities at low costs such as a gym, management facilities and a café. Using a pre-fabricated modular system, the development will be built off-site and assembled on-site resulting in a short on-site construction period.
Cookstown Cross – Build-to-Rent
Located at Cookstown Industrial Estate, Dublin 24, this project is stage 1 or 2 and consists of a residential scheme of 245 apartments with 2 commercial units. It will also provide high quality communal amenity spaces, a resident’s gym, pool / table tennis rooms etc. A landscaped courtyard with bicycle storage is supplied at ground with an underground car park.
Cookstown Crescent – Build-to-Rent
This development is Ireland’s first modular ‘build-to-rent’ and we are delighted it has been granted planning permission without any reduction in height or number of units. The development which is located right beside the Cookstown Luas Stop will provide nearly 200 units to the burgeoning ‘build-to-rent’ sector. The proposal includes the demolition of existing industrial building to accommodate the construction of 196 ‘build-to-rent’ residential units, of a variety of types to accommodate modern living. These units will be arranged in four blocks that range from 6-9 storeys over basement in height. The development will include one commercial unit, an office, a crèche and a gym to bring street level activity to the ground floor level. The design accommodates 6 communal amenity spaces at ground and first floor levels, as well as a communal hot desk room and three communal secure storage spaces.
Greenhills – Build-to-Rent
The project consists of seven buildings ranging between five to nine storeys. The buildings are all seated on a podium using the natural elevation of the site. A courtyard landscaped water feature has been designed between the building and the pedestrian walk to create more privacy for the homeowners. The development includes commercial units, community room, crèche and gym, along with a bicycle store and underground car park.
Dublin Inland Port
Launching Dublin Port’s new Inland hub, the branded feature entrance and highly functional office set the standard for the remaining site to be developed over the coming years. Located inside the feature entrance, the office is made of pre-fabricated modular shipping containers to create the functional space. A key feature of the building is its ability to be taken apart and moved to new locations, this results in a prolonged life cycle. Another feature of the office is its self-contained modules, allowing for additional modules to be added later in its use to further increase its functionality.