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London Calling

European Trailblazer Red Cow Beefed Up

ODOS’s ultra-cool SLACK office design

Europe's first '3D Textbook' building opens in Ballymun

We look at the new make over for iconic Dublin hotel

Sir James Stirling Galway Vision

Dublin’s College Green

Just who was the man that inspired the Stirling Prize

Dublin City Council reveals ambitious plans for College Green

BDP’S office development as creatively rich as the city itself






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Take a Walk on the Wild Side! I am sure that I have mentioned before that I am a fan of the John Creedon show and sometimes this means I catch the tail end of The Arts Show. I was delighted that while twiddling the radio knobs the other day on came The Arts Show and I found myself listening to a discussion about a remarkable urban activist who has inspired a wonderful yet simple idea.

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The idea is to celebrate the ideals and memory of Jane Jacobs and how this is done is to have us ordinary citizens of the Dublin lead walking tours of our capital sharing our own particular storey and topic about our chosen place and route. The whole idea is part of Jane’s Walk, a global festival scheduled that takes place in May and which started in Canada as an annual event that honours Jane Jacobs.

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Green Party Councillor and architect CiarĂĄn Cuffe was talking about how interesting it would be to have an architect, builder or craftsperson bring you their personal guided tour and listen to them telling their story of a particular place from their uniquely personal perspective. It would be a bricklayer talking about their favourite brick buildings, an architect talking about some of the structures and building that they worked on and why they felt so passionate about them. Real city people sharing their connection with personal spaces and places.

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So, who was this Jane Jacobs? She was frequently taken to be a town planner but she wasn’t. She was an urban protestor who lived in New York in the 1960s. In her 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs wrote that: “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.� When there was a plan to run a highway through her neighbourhood, Jacobs organised others to fight it – and they won.

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Last year, CiarĂĄn Cuffe took a group on a walk in the north inner city. He started at the Spire, went up Moore Street and finished in Smithfield. He described Jane Jacobs “an amazing woman who raged against the machine, which was transport engineers, who felt the city could be altered to suit the needs of the automobileâ€?. Jacobs argued throughout her life that city planners should bend to what the community needed and not the other way around. “She was so ahead of her time it was remarkable,â€? said Cuffe. “She was talking about children in the city, the pedestrian and the importance of cities on a human scale in the 1960s.â€? Jacobs left New York and moved to Toronto in 1968, where she continued her urban activism. She died in 2006, and her friends in Toronto started Jane’s Walk to commemorate her and keep her ideas alive. In 2016, more than 1,000 Jane’s Walks took place in 212 cities. Power to the people!

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Dublin City Council has reveals its plans for the creation of a new pedestrianised College Green

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ACTAVO WINS 'BEST FIRM TO WORK FOR' ACCOLADE AT IRISH BUILDING & DESIGN AWARDS 2017 Actavo, a leading international engineering solutions company, has won the prestigious ‘Best Firm To Work For’ award at the Irish Building & Design Awards 2017. Receiving the award, Liam Brew, Operations Director, Actavo Building Solutions, said “Winning the ‘Best Firm To Work For’ award is very special for us. This recognition is testament to the dedication, creativity and service delivery of our team based in Kill, County Kildare, which is supported by our Actavo colleagues across Ireland, the UK and internationally. He added: “Since our rebrand to Actavo a year and a half ago, we have delivered innovative, offsite accommodation for the healthcare, pharmaceutical, educational and commercial arenas, including Dublin’s Capital Dock, Shannon Airport, Pfizer Grange Castle, Luttrellstown Community College and Lusk Community College, among others. We are also gaining

traction for our state-of-the-art offering on student and social housing, and, coupled with our Actavo Building Solutions team in the UK being named ‘UK’s FastestGrowing Modular Building Company’ for the past three years running, there is real momentum right across our business.”

JJR WINS 'CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR' FOR A SECOND YEAR RUNNING JJ Rhatigan & Company is delighted to have once again won ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the recent Irish Building and Design Awards 2017 hosted by Marty Whelan on April 7th in the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin. The Awards recognise and acknowledge Ireland’s leading Contractors, Manufacturers, and Engineering and Architectural practices in the Construction Industry. “As one of Ireland’s leading construction companies delivering high quality, sustainable construction projects across a range of sectors all to exacting Client requirements, we are delighted to have won this prestigious award for a second year running”, commented Padraic Rhatigan of JJ Rhatigan & Company. “It is a great testament to the JJR team and the Client and Supplier relationships we have developed over the years.” With a growing staff of over 400 people and a vast portfolio of projects across all sectors including Lansdowne Place, Regional Gardai Headquarters at Galway and Dublin, Trinity Business School, 429 bed Student Accommodation Development for NUI, Galway, Charlemont Street Regeneration


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Project and The Maldron Hotel Dublin. Last month J J Rhatigan signed the contract for the Gardens International Office Development project in Limerick.

Specially developed Cameo brick for Isala Clinics in Zwolle (NL) The Isala Hospital in Zwolle (the Netherlands) is an innovative, sustainable and futureorientated top clinical hospital of 108,000m². Great experience of building hospitals was linked to a humane vision of the care environment. In the façade, 2.2 million mechanical hand-moulded facing bricks were used in mixed bond with 5 different colours, including the rainbow brick Cameo, specially developed for Isala. Architect's firm Alberts & Van Huut have designed high-profile buildings in the health care sector before and the Isala building is definitely a high-profile design. The large hospital consists of four buildings (butterflies). The soft colours, natural materials and an abundance of greenery create a link to the human aspect. The architects used the area surrounding Isala as part of their inspiration. Elements such as the open landscape and the old town centre of Zwolle are recurring elements in the design. Masonry surfaces are alternated with a coating of zinc, copper and titanium.

Project details: Developer: Isala Klinieken, Zwolle (NL) Architect: Alberts & Van Huut bv, Amsterdam (NL) Contractor: BAM Utiliteitsbouw, Bunnik (NL) Facing brick: Cameo project colour Area: 28,000 m²

Natural and sustainable The Isala hospital is a sustainable building. In the choice of materials, sustainability was the main focus after quality. Further important aspects include a long service life and low power consumption, together with brick facades and a combination of marmoleum, natural stone, bamboo, and PVC flooring. The Cameo rainbow brick was specially developed for Isala. Engobing allowed special colour effects. Engobes are pigments that mostly consist of clay minerals and oxides. In the kiln these engobes sinter to the surface. Depending on the light, they can create a subtle sheen and give brick façades additional distinction. Kingscourt Country Manor Bricks provide a large range of bricks, for more information contact us on 01 844 1200, email: or visit Alternatively, visit our showrooms at Unit 26, Airways Industrial Estate, Santry, Dublin 17, D17 TH93


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KCC Architectural Dublin Headquarters, Ballymount

Managing director of KCC Architectural, Chris Kilpatrick, has witnessed his company go from near breaking point, with the collapse of the construction industry in 2009, to slowly but surely regaining it’s strength and position within the construction market through a combination of strategic planning and sheer determination. KCC Architectural, traditionally known as a door hardware and ironmongery company, knew that in order to survive, they had to take radical action. They made the difficult decision to cut their employee levels by almost 50% with management incurring massive pay-cuts to enable the company to survive the crash.

While Chris and his team are confident about KCC’s organic growth in Ireland and will continue to look at niche markets within, they still want to continue with their growth plans outside the island of Ireland and as such, have targeted the UK and Middle East as areas for potential growth. Speaking about the business, Chris says ‘’Traditionally we were known as a Door Hardware business in Ireland – People in the construction industry

Fast forward to 2017 however and the company has come out of the recession wiser and stronger and more determined than ever. A testament to his loyalty to his staff, Chris was eager to re-hire as many of the employees they had to let go at their lowest point when the company began to grow again. As an organisation now, they are gaining momentum and have joined forces with Enterprise Ireland’s ‘Leadership 4 Growth’ programme to put a strategic growth plan in place for the next 4 years. The last few months have been extremely busy and encouraging for the company and in line with the intended future development of their senior management team, the company board have announced four new appointments, namely Camillus Kilpatrick of their Dublin Office to Contracts Director, Tony Campbell of their Northern branch to Associate Director for Sales in Northern Ireland, Norman White of their Munster branch to Associate Director for Business Development in Munster and Stephen Young to Associate Director for Project Development.


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Example of rotating door automatic entrance system by KCC

Example of hermetically sealed doors for healthcare sector by KCC

Example of external steel glazing by KCC

associated us with ironmongery, but over the years we have broadened our product portfolio and expanded our offering to the point where we are now the only business of our kind in Ireland, with the ability to design, manufacture, supply, install, service and maintain a vast array of products for the construction industry. Our existing clients like us because we offer a ‘One Stop Shop’ solution, we take away the hassle of having to deal with multiple suppliers.’’ KCC Architectural currently work with architects, contractors, developers and designers on commercial, residential, hospitality, retail, healthcare and financial projects and have brought together internationally leading brands of door hardware, security equipment, automatic systems, hotel locking systems, door sets, fire glazing systems, steel glazing, movable walls and partitions, to name but a few. In 2017 KCC Architectural launched their own brand of high quality door hardware called modus TM. “The modusTM range of door hardware is an exciting opportunity for us as our own brand. The range was carefully and meticulously planned and thought out, allowing us to offer our customer base a product we ourselves are extremely happy to stand behind – In fact,

we are so confident in this product that we offer a 25 year mechanical warranty. It is manufactured in the UK from the highest quality materials, including T316 stainless steel. We have built very close relationships with our manufacturers and we are extremely proud of the attention to detail that goes into every stage of manufacture, finishing, testing and certification for this range”, says Chris. One of the most exciting features of the modusTM range is the bespoke design capability that KCC can offer. The existing product designs can be adapted to incorporate variations that you might require or, for more special projects, you can work with KCC to create a completely unique and exclusive piece of door furniture. Due to the close relationship KCC have with their manufacturing partners, they can produce a finished product from just a simple initial sketch. The future is looking bright for KCC as they continue to grow and develop their offering to meet the needs of the modern construction industry.

Example of internal steel glazing by KCC

Example of small signage by KCC

Bespoke design capabilities of new modusTM range by KCC

Example of automatic entrance system in historic setting by KCC

Door and Wall protection for healthcare and educational sectors


WATERPROOFING CROSSRAIL DEEP UNDERGROUND The opportunity to affect the lives of people in one of Europe’s most populated cities makes London’s Crossrail project historic. The biggest infrastructure project underway in Europe, the new Crossrail network will reshape access to London and the South East corridor and is expected to reduce journey times and increase passenger capacity by approximately 10%. Reaching depths of more than 30 metres beneath the streets of London, Crossrail Stations required unique solutions to ensure water tightness. GCP Applied Technologies, a leading supplier to Canary Wharf, Whitechapel, Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street, Paddington, Old Oak Common, Stepney Green, Customs House, Pudding Mill Lane and Woolwich stations, reached into an extensive portfolio of high performing and easy to install Preprufe® waterproofing products to solve challenges presented by each station. Composed of durable HDPE, the Preprufe ® waterproofing membrane adheres directly to concrete with Advanced Bond Technology™ to form an impermeable seal. Unlike other systems that require a mesh interface, direct adhesion to the concrete protects the structure from water migration via capillary action. Additionally, cold and easy application of the membrane in confined areas ensure safe and fast installation. Conditions also demanded complementary products to the Preprufe ® waterproofing system, including Bituthene®, Adprufe®, Silcor®, Servidek®, Serviseal®, Adcor ® , Hydroduct ® , Betec® and various ancillary products to provide reliable protection essential for each station.

most renowned structures, and packaging technologies for the best-known consumer brands, delivering results for all our customers. With customers in 110 countries, operations on six continents, and a team of approximately 2,850 employees, GCP Applied Technologies had 2015 net sales of US $1.4 billion. Formerly part of the W.R. Grace & Co. group, GCP Applied Technologies Inc. became a NYSE-listed company (GCP) in February 2016, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. More information is available at Preprufe, Bituthene, Adprufe, Silcor, Sevidek, Serviseal, Adcor, Hydroduct, Betec and Advanced Bond Technology are trademarks, which may be registered in the United States and/or other countries, of GCP Applied Technologies Inc. This trademark list has been compiled using available published information as of the publication date and may not accurately reflect current trademark ownership or status.

Protecting Crossrail’s underground infrastructure from potential disruption and costly repairs caused by water ingress is an opportunity for GCP Applied Technologies to contribute to an integral part of this highly visible and historic project. About GCP Applied Technologies Through applied knowledge and service excellence, GCP Applied Technologies (NYSE: GCP) provides premier speciality construction chemicals and speciality building materials for many of the world’s


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ARMOURPLAN® PVC ROOFING SYSTEM FROM SIG IRELAND PREMIUM WATERPROOFING WITH A PROVEN TRACK RECORD IKO Polymeric’s Armourplan® PVC roofing system offers flexible and lightweight waterproofing integrity across a wide range of building types. SIG Roofing in partnership with SIG Facades have recently brought Armourplan® to the Pitched Roofing, Roofing, & Cladding Sectors. Armourplan® PVC roofing membranes are suitable for use on a wide range of roofing applications, including specialist installations such as simulated metal roofs. The range comes in two standard colours; mid grey (RAL 7046) and slate grey (RAL 7015), in addition, a wider range is also available to meet project requirements. Armourplan® is suitable for warm or cold roofs, whether the roof is flat, inverted or sloped. Armourplan® PVC roofing membranes can be mechanically fastened, adhered or ballasted providing maximum system flexibility. Visit our new website and take a look at some of the range of roofing products we have available.   

SMARTPLY OSB TO BE USED FOR GIANT GREENPEACE TREE AT GLASTONBURY 2017 The Greenpeace Field at Glastonbury festival has long been popular among festival-goers thanks to their free hot showers and delicious veggie food available at their cafe. This year, however, will see a new feature to the field with the addition of a show-stopping 20m giant tree structure. Built from SMARTPLY OSB, the huge tree will come alive at night with a colour changing light show and will feature a DJ booth allowing attendees to party in to the early hours. #StandForForests is Greenpeace’s key message for this year’s festival with the environmental campaigning organisation set to emphasise the important role forests play in maintaining the health of our planet. The choice of SMARTPLY OSB to build their tree structure was a result of its carbon positive nature as a building material, as well as the rigorous sustainability agenda and clean supply chain of the manufacturer. Making use of renewable wood from well managed Irish forests independently certified in accordance with the rules of the Forestry Stewardship Council, MEDITE SMARPLY are strong believers in working towards a circular economy model when it comes to timber production. The wooden tree structure is set to offer not only an enjoyable and interesting experience for festival-goers, but has also been designed and built with Greenpeace values of sustainability at its core. Along with the giant tree, Greenpeace will also be building a range of other visually

exciting features for their field using SMARTPLY OSB. From the interior of the Greenpeace bar and hoardings to block off non-public areas to decorative giant animal sculptures, a Jungle café and a forest grotto teaching visitors about the majesty of the world’s forests. Katy Duffy from Greenpeace, commented, “Our close and longstanding collaboration with SMARTPLY originates from Greenpeace’s involvement in the setting up of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) back in the nineties. It is through this that we recommended the use of SMARTPLY in preference to the unsustainable products sometimes being used throughout the building industry, which included wood from Brazilian rainforests used on hoardings. Over the years’ we have also helped to convince the events industry that SMARTPLY has numerous uses and as a result we now see it used in festivals and events throughout the UK.” “Greenpeace are radical thinkers with regards to the environment and climate change,” says Stuart Devoil, Head of Marketing and Brand at MEDITE SMARPLY, “and so it’s with great pride that we’ve been selected as the material of choice for their tree structure at Glastonbury. It’s a real testament to our commitment to sustainability and the environment that an organisation like Greenpeace would choose our timber panels. We look forward to seeing how the finished tree looks at

Glastonbury and hope festival-goers enjoy visiting the Greenpeace field and learning about the importance of legally sourced timber and the effect it has on our planet.” The Greenpeace Tree will be at Glastonbury Festival from 21st-25th June 2017. The Greenpeace Field will also feature a Skate ramp, climbing wall, Power Ballad Yoga and a Virtual Reality Dome allowing visitors to be immersed within the Amazon Rainforest. If you are attending this year, the Greenpeace field and tree should not to be missed.

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