This mixed-use development is situated in the heart of Castleknock village Dublin on what was an old run-down
site. On completion, the project was shortlisted in the Retail Project of the Year category at the Irish Construction Industry Awards. The development uses Lidl as an anchor unit and adds two other blocks, with the whole development blending seamlessly and sensitively into the existing village. It is designed to enhance the community by providing one large retailer, 8 housing units, 12 retail spaces for smaller local businesses, a medical centre, a plaza area with seating, along with much needed car and bicycle parking facilities. SDS carried out the role of Civil and Structural Engineer, working with MCA Architects, for the entire project. We were also the design/assigned certifier for the project.
Block A – Residential/Retail building 1,380 sq m.
This block is a 3-storey building which has 8 small retail units on the ground floor and residential units on the first floor. At each end of the building is a single storey apartment with balcony and above the central retail units there are 6 duplex apartments, each with a roof garden. It was constructed using traditional insulated cavity, masonry walls with a structural frame of in situreinforced concrete and precast hollowcore floors and roof.
Block B – Retail/Medical Building 838 sq m
This block is the smallest. It is two storey and it has two small retail units on the ground floor, and a unit suitable for a community medical use on the first floor.
It was constructed using traditional insulated cavity, masonry walls with a structural frame of in situ reinforced concrete columns, beams, floor and roof.
Block C – Lidl Building 2,110 sq. m.
This block houses an undercroft style Lidl retail store. This places the Lidl store on the first floor with car parking and two smaller retail units on the ground floor, these two units have been occupied by a barber and a
Post Office. It was constructed using a concrete frame, poroton masonry and glulam timber beams with an insulated sheet roof.
• PV panels on the apartment roofs.
• Permeable paving throughout the car park to provide SUDs.
• EV (Electric Vehicle) car charging points.
• Glulam timber roof beams and poroton clay masonry in the Lidl store.