This year the Irish Architecture Foundation are delighted to have the support of John Sisk & Son as our Corporate Partner for Open House Dublin 2020.
An innovative international construction and engineering company, with a 160-year history spanning three centuries, we took the opportunity to delve into Sisk’s archives to look at just some of the Dublin landmarks the company has had a hand in building, as well as sites the company is actively engaged on in the city.
Department of Industry and Commerce
The first prestigious job John Sisk landed after moving to Dublin in 1937 was the Department of Industry and Commerce in 1938. The building was of a conservative design that sat neatly into its surroundings staying with the neoclassicism that predominated in Ireland at the time, ignoring the emergence of modernism across the world. The building has elements that speak of its time, with Art Deco and Art Nouveau constituents. This is evident in the flat roof, stepped doorway, tall arched window, lino patterns within, polished timber balustrades and stepped stone fireplaces.
The Central Bank of Ireland on Dame Street in Dublin City Centre was delivered with an innovative “top down” construction process. Completed in 1978 the building is iconic and a testament to the expertise and forward thinking of the people who built it.
The Aviva Stadium is a 50,000-seat arena and is Ireland’s first UEFA Elite Stadium. All of John Sisk & Son’s building experience was brought to bear on this €285m project to deal with the many facets which it presented, including management of the complex steel roof structure, neighbourhood issues and numerous environmental concerns due to adjacent parks and waterways.
Capital Dock, Dublin
Capital Dock is a city centre location bounded on three sides by canal and riverside promenades. Extending to 4.8 acres and incorporating a creatively landscaped square and recreational parkland. A landmark building forms the centre piece of the development extending to over 23 floors above ground. A double basement with over 390 car parking spaces extends to the full footprint of the site below the buildings. The mixed-use development comprises three commercial buildings with over 30,000m² of floor space, three residential buildings with 190 apartments and a retail building.
International Convention Centre, Dublin
A striking landmark building, designed by world renowned Pritzker prize-winning Irish architect, Kevin Roche. The building is a significant iconic addition to the Liffey-scape, joining the Four Courts and the Custom House. The building was constructed simultaneously with the Luas Bridge and railway to the rear. At almost half a million square feet (44,000 m2), the Convention Centre is the largest single-use building constructed in Dublin in decades and the first major public access building since the foundation of the State. The brief was to provide a building with a 100-year life span.
George’s Place, Dún Laoghaire
George’s Place, Co. Dublin is a development consisting of 12 social housing units delivered under the Rapid Delivery Framework and designed and constructed to a BER A1 rating. The project was administered under a Design and Build Public Works Contract (PW-CF2) by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. These homes are designed and built to a very high specification, taking advantage of some of the latest innovations and technology in house building, resulting in ultra-modern, energy efficient and high-quality homes.
Luas Cross City
Luas Cross City is recognised as being one of the most challenging and complex projects undertaken by the Irish State in the modern era. The successful delivery of the project was seen as being nationally important in terms of Ireland’s reputation and ability to attract future investment, both in national infrastructure and the economy in general. The standard of finished product has been recognised by the client, operator and stakeholders as being exemplary. The rebuilding and rejuvenation of the city centre streets which incorporate the extension has also left a positive legacy for Dublin city
TU Dublin, Grangegorman Campus
Sisk FCC is a joint venture setup between John Sisk & Son and Spanish construction company, FCC Construction. The project consists of the two buildings and represents the largest PPP (Public Private Partnership) project in the education sector. The new TU Dublin Grangegorman Campus will consist of the Central Quad, and its sister building the East Quad. It is also reinforces the Government commitment to making Ireland’s education and training system the best in Europe by 2026. The buildings, which span 52,000m2 of development, are being delivered via Public Private Partnership. They will provide academic facilities for ten schools from the College of Sciences & Health, the College of Engineering & Built Environment and the College of Arts and & Tourism from TU Dublin.
Project Kells, corner of Nassau Street & Dawson Street
John Sisk & Son is currently active on site at Project Kells located in Dublin City Centre opposite Trinity College, Dublin (TCD). The redevelopment of the low-density site at the axis of Nassau Street and Dawson Street will also include retail facilities on three levels – basement, ground and mezzanine – and four floors of offices overhead with the main entrance to the offices off Dawson Street. About 50 basement parking spaces will be dropped to a new lower level. This project is currently at demolition stage and will shortly progress to piling and bulk excavation works.