JGA - Joe Gorman
TEM Engineering & Management
The scope was to take the project from its existing “grey box” state and convert it into a high-end food market on the ground floor and a restaurant & bar on the first floor. Tritech were appointed as the mechanical building services contractor responsible for all mechanical building services systems. This consisted of above ground soils & wastes, water services, natural gas, DX heat pumps, Mechanical ventilation and comprehensive BMS.
The iconic retailers, Donnybrook Fair identified this as their flagship store and their vision was to blend a premium grocery experience with a restaurant experience. The client placed a huge emphasis on providing customers with a quality and inspiring experience. In order to embody that vision, the mechanical services had to be well coordinated so as to ensure they complemented the architectural characteristics as opposed to competing with them.
Unique challenges of the project:
In line with a high-end product expectation the client had a firm opening date in order to ensure the store was “live” for key shopping periods. This resulted in a very demanding programme.
The building is a protected structure and therefore considered of special interest by the local authority. During the coordination and installation period the status of the building was respected at all times.
There were significant constraints with regards space in the second-floor plantroom which consisted of 3No DX heat pump heat recovery AHU’s, cold water storage tank, booster pumps domestic hot water cylinder and all associated ancillary plant and pipe/duct services.
Right from the outset Tritech understood the clients brief with regards the end product. This enabled Tritech working as lead coordinator to work alongside the m&e consultant and the architects to navigate all m&e services within the building ensuring its complementary relationship with the architectural aspects of the project.
The programme was very tight so right from the outset our engineering team put significant emphasis on the technical submittal/procurement process to ensure all plant and materials were both specification and programme compliant. Working alongside our supply chain partners we ensured that all plant & materials were delivered in line with the programme.
Our depth of experience working in protected structures provided us with a unique advantage in ensuring the mechanical and electrical services could navigate the building respecting the protected status whilst also complying with the architectural constraints. Our construction manager and coordination department working collectively ensured that both sets of expectations were satisfied.