Distillers Building, Smithfield, Dublin

The street level of The Distillers Development at Smithfield had its original stonework preserved along the Bow Street elevation, we designed Gates as well as Security Railings for new openings for approval.
Client: The Linders Group
Architects: Burke Kennedy Doyle
Contractor: John Sisk and Sons

As part of the construction works we secured a site owned by The OPW for use as contractors storage and site offices.This Kinsale fence protects a steep fall from the footpath and an archaeological excavation. In 2010 they revealed the first 11th Century Viking House on The North Side of The River Liffey.

Client Vision.

The design proposes a building of the highest architectural quality, using durable high-quality materials, selected for their appropriateness to the existing urban context and to maintain their long-term condition.Through its massing, form, materials and detail treatment, the building will make a positive and appropriate contribution to its very particular urban setting. The building height and form is based on a clear strong urban design rationale related to its particular location on the streetscape and its relationship to the urban space of Smithfield.The proposed design, through its use mix and generous addition to the public realm of the area and through its considered relationship to the adjoining city fabric,will provide a development which will enhance the dynamic and historic character of the Smithfield area.

Key Challenges.

The incorporation of functioning Automated Gates and Security elements to the existing stonework and and streetscape is a frequent challenge in a historic city centre under going renewal, and one that requires careful liaison between ourselves and the Project Architects, via The Main Contractor and Planning Authorities.

The protection of the Contractors Site offices and Storage on the archealogically sensitive deep excavation required specially designed posts and minimal interference with existing structures.

Overcoming the Challenges.

Shane Winters our MD and Des Abid Contracts Manager of Sisks worked closely to ensure good communication of the possible solutions.

Irish Fencing Services drew up drawings of our proposal for approval by Consultants, Contractor, Client and and Dublin City Council.

Products Supplied.

All Gates and Railings were individually designed and subsequently fabricated at our factory in Inchicore a journey of  less than 6 kilometres from site, they were fully hot-dipped Galvanised and Powder Coated in our Plasgalv Finish and are unlikely to require protective maintenance such as painting for many decades. For the excavation protection we provided our Kinsale mesh on especially designed posts fixed to the retaining walls..

Positive Outcomes

Because of the detailed preproduction work carried out on the design and the close collaboration with the design team there is now a pleasing addition to the Urban Streetscape of The Distillery/Smithfield area of Dublin's historic city. Our contribution which provides state of the art access technology steel fabrication and steel protection which will last  for many decades, meets the brief of limited maintenence and longevity for the project