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ISSUE 5 2021

OUTSIDE SPACES PROJECTS BY COOK ARCHITECTS,

IN PRACTICE WITH CONNEELY WESSELS ARCHITECTS

JOHN DEATON AND JORDAN RALPH DESIGN

GRAFTON ARCHITECTS IN RUNNING FOR STIRLING PRIZE www.planonline.ie


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In this issue of Plan, we take a look at the shortlisted projects for this year’s prestigious Stirling prize. Among the practices in the running to win the industry’s most hotly anticipated award is Grafton Architects for Town House at Kingston University, London. Yvonne Farrell has described the project, which consists of a library and dance studio under one roof, as a place for social interaction; inside the building, there are no barriers towards the street so anyone can stroll in, have a wander and enjoy a coffee at the canteen. The judges have described it as a building that’s all about high quality at every scale, whether it’s the choice of materials or the feelings of warmth and flow it stirs in a visitor. In this building, everything is considered and the result, says the judges, is a “rich, beautiful canvas against which to set young creative minds free." The winner of this year’s Stirling Prize will be announced on the 14th of October 2021 at Coventry Cathedral, as part of the UK City of Culture 2021 celebrations. From everyone here at Plan, we wish Grafton Architects the very best of luck. For this issue’s ‘Practice Profile’, we caught up with Lizette Conneely at Conneely Wessels Architects. She spoke about the benefits of setting up in the middle of a recession and how the experience has helped create a lean, more productive practice. Lizette also talked about the challenges associated with Brexit and Covid, the difficulty of securing work in the public sector and the importance of developing a dialogue with clients to unlock the full potential of a site. We hope you enjoy this issue and if you have any comments, drop me a line at denise@mcdmedia.ie.

Denise Maguire Editor

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ISSUE 5 2021

4 News

Grafton Architects is in the running for this year’s prestigious Stirling Prize

8 PROJECT

6 Competition

Flavio Lombardo Architects has completed a family home in Ballyboughal

The winning Irish entries for the ninth cycle of the International Concrete Design Competition have been announced

15 Practice Profile

Lizette Conneely at Conneely Wessels Architects talks about overcoming challenges around Brexit and Covid and why unlocking a site’s potential gets her up in the morning

23 PROJECT

Outside Spaces – projects by Jordan Ralph Design, Cook Architects and John Deaton

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48 Delight

Joris Laarman's 3D-printed stainless steel bridge has finally opened in Amsterdam

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IN PRACTICE WITH… CONNEELY WESSELS ARCHITECTS

Lizette Conneely

LIZETTE CONNEELY AT CONNEELY WESSELS ARCHITECTS TALKS TO PLAN ABOUT OVERCOMING CHALLENGES AROUND BREXIT AND COVID AND WHY UNLOCKING A SITE’S POTENTIAL GETS HER UP IN THE MORNING www.planonline.ie

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STUDIO DROP Brief: To design a project that has been commissioned by the arts organisation Drop Everything for Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. The studio launched on the summer solstice, 21 June 2021, offering a summer of creative residencies until August.

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COVID REFUGE

PRIVATE HOUSE, DUNDRUM, DUBLIN 14 Brief: To create an outdoor space, designed to respond to the exigencies of the Covid pandemic. The upper terrace is an informal space where friends can gather around a fire pit. The lower terrace has a new arbour. This doubles as a sheltered area for sitting out and as an outdoor dining area for family and friends. The arbour has a motorised awning, infra-red heating and storage for cushions. The structure comprises galvanised steel posts in concrete pads, timber and plywood carcass and is finished with Durawood timber cladding. The spaces have been in use for some of the worst (and coldest) days of the pandemic.

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JOHN PAUL CONSTRUCTION GIVES IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION’S SPORTS CENTRE A NEW LOOK

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Irish Wheelchair Association members to benefit from new facilities

Irish Wheelchair Association recently celebrated the refurbishment of the superb facilities in the Dr. Oliver Murphy Sports Centre, Clontarf, Dublin. The refurbishment was completed by charity partner John Paul Construction and gives the interior of the ground floor space a much-needed new look for the benefit of its many members and visitors. The work included the installation of a new reception area, new flooring and a paint upgrade of the interior area. With the facility serving many Irish Wheelchair Association members and the local community for a variety of activities including a full accessible and inclusive gym, a full-sized sports hall for a wide range of wheelchair sports and other sports clubs, the new look gives a warm welcome to everyone who visits. Commenting on the announcement, Rosemary Keogh, CEO of Irish Wheelchair Association said “We, at Irish Wheelchair Association, are delighted that John Paul Construction came on board and completed this much-needed work at our Sports Centre. Fitness is a key aspect in our members’ lives and this work will make the centre far more accessible for them. No doubt our members will really like the changes.” John Moran, Construction Director, John Paul Construction, added “John Paul Construction are delighted to have had the opportunity to work on this upgrade project with the Irish Wheelchair Association who provide such a fantastic service to their members and the community. We are proud of what we and our

Pictured, from left, Paralympian Kerrie Leonard, Construction Director of John Paul Construction John Moran, IWA Sport Board Member Adrian O’ Donoghue, Irish Wheelchair Association CEO Rosemary

Keogh, Paralympian Britney Arendse, and IWA Director of Sport Nicky Hamill during the IWA Sports Centre Launch with John Paul Construction at IWA in Clontarf, Dublin.

supply partners have achieved in delivering this project, which will have a positive impact for all members and visitors to Sports Centre in Clontarf. A big thanks must go out to all of our supply partners who assisted with the project; MCA Architects, Kirby Electrical, Timlin Demolition, Aston Crean Flooring, Ian Forde Painting Contractors, Geraghty Joinery, Errigal Contracts and McKee Carpentry.” Nicky Hamill, Director of Sport at IWA Sport said: “The Dr Oliver Murphy Sports Centre is a well-established sports facility in North Dublin that has played home to so many of our sports

and activities for many years. There is something for everyone in these fantastic facilities; be it a gym work out or team sports, that caters for the young to elite athletes, from local schools and sports clubs to our own wheelchair sport national teams. We really have something for everyone. I’d like to sincerely thank the team at John Paul Construction for supporting us with this much needed upgrade and facelift. The IWA Sports Centre Hall is available for public hire while the IWA Sport Centre Gym is open to new members older & young.

ENGINEERS MAKING THE IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE Jones Engineering have worked closely with Arup and The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) to produce a virtual technical tour for CIBSE’s Young Engineers Network. This virtual tour examines the new Utility Tunnel at the National Children’s Hospital, a standout project in the career of any Engineer, and the largest and most complex capital investment project ever undertaken in healthcare in Ireland. The tour introduces us to engineers, project managers, and directors all speaking candidly about their experiences throughout their career and in particular on the New Children’s Hospital. This is a rare chance to get a glimpse behind the scenes of one of the most technically advanced, most architecturally striking Children’s Hospitals in the world. Many of those working on the project have young children themselves and speak about how close the project is to their hearts. Their ultimate clients are the children of Ireland, and their pride in being part of the team creating this world class facility is clear. To view the video in its entirety, follow the link below: https://vimeo.com/596621091 www.planonline.ie

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MANNOK’S €2.1 MILLION POST-BREXIT INVESTMENT TO INCREASE BAGGED CEMENT OUTPUT

Mannok has invested a further €2.1 million in its cement bagging facilities with the acquisition of state-of-the-art technology which will double the output capacity of the company’s weatherproof bagged cement product range. The recent outlay is one of a number of key investments for Mannok this year which align with the company’s growth plans on both sides of the Irish Sea. Leading German brand, Haver & Boecker were contracted to design and manufacture a new ROTO-PACKER® ADAMS® 10 spout bag filling system for packing powdery products in weatherproof bags and a new automatic film reel changer, designed to run at 1,200 bags per hour. The new machinery has been fully integrated into Mannok’s existing line in order to expand the packing capacity.

Installation of the industry leading technology was completed in Q2 of this year after eight weeks of installation and is now in production. The latest phase of investment will give Mannok the capacity to bag c50 tonnes of cement in weatherproof bags per hour. This is addition to a similar packing capacity for traditional paper bags. Clean filling, coupled with the packaging’s tear-resistance, means waste is minimised and ensures a clean working atmosphere, and thus high protection for operating personnel. The latest acquisition sees the company’s overall investment in its cement bagging facilities over the last 3 years reach over €5m, following an initial multi-million euro investment in 2018, when the installation of Mannok’s first weatherproof bagging line enabled the successful launch of its extended bagged cement range. Despite the twin challenges of Brexit and Covid, the demand for

FUNDRAISING FOR PIPS

For businesses, social distancing and home working has meant staff have not had the ability to connect. We know anxieties and lockdown have had an impact on people’s health and well-being. For charities, the pandemic and cancelled events have had a profound effect on their ability to generate funds.

As such, on the 1st of January 2021 the staff of Colinwell Masonry & Retaining Wall products embarked on a 100 day step challenge organized by millionsteps.com, a social good startup. The aim was for each member of Colinwell staff to walk one million steps in one hundred days and to raise money for local Belfast charity PIPS (Suicide Prevention and Bereavement Support Services). Together the 46 Plan Magazine I Issue 5 2021

Mannok CEO, Liam McCaffrey and Cement Manager, TP Feehan, join the company’s Irish Sales Team at its Cement plant Mannok’s popular bagged cement products remains high on both sides of the Irish Sea. The sustained success of the range in both the UK and Irish markets has prompted the recent investment to double the output capacity of the popular weatherproof bagged products. Joining the company’s Irish Sales Team on a plant visit to see the new technology in action, Mannok CEO, Liam McCaffrey, commented, “This is a major investment in our Cement operations which completes the second phase of our investment in our weatherproof bagging line, upgrading it from a single to a double bagging line with a significant increase in output capacity. Our initial investment to bring our weatherproof PE bags to the market was in response to demand from GB based merchants and we later introduced the bags to the Irish market, where the response was

equally positive. We’ve seen customers moving to the weatherproof bags because they’re a cleaner solution which helps reduce product waste and ensure healthier, dust-free surroundings. The packaging also offers greater flexibility, allowing outdoor storage without concern about weather conditions thanks to the tearresistant and easy handling waterproof bags. The success of the bags in both UK and Irish markets gave us the impetus to invest further in order to increase our output and, despite the challenges presented by Covid and Brexit, we have followed through with our investment plan, demonstrating our commitment to continued growth on both sides of the Irish Sea and placing us in a strong position for the new post-Brexit landscape.”

Colinwell staff walked 5367677 steps or 2683 miles which is more than the distance between Belfast to Halifax, Canada! AND raised a stunning £2000! Renne Quinn Executive Director of PIPS said, “Thank you so much to the staff at Colinwell for taking on the one million steps challenge, all the money raised will enable us to continue to provide lifesaving support to those who need us in their darkest moments. Thank you.” Michael McGuigan, Sales Director of Colinwell, commented, “We are delighted to have been able to support PIPS, in what has been a difficult period for charities. The work that PIPS does is invaluable, and we are honoured to have played a small role in enabling that incredible work to go further.” www.planonline.ie


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R-TEKS LATEST PRODUCT RELEASE THE URBAN TILE COLLECTION

In recent years R-Tek Manufacturing have seen a rapid growth in their commercial and retail flooring ranges. They offer both industrial and retail options in their R-Tile, Design Tile, and new Urban Tile. This new product release sees the introduction of the Urban Tile collection being added to the retail flooring options. The Urban tile is a loose lay interlocking floor system that boasts several stone effect finishes. The Urban Tile is a heterogeneous, 100% recycled PVC, heavyduty interlocking 6.5mm tile. This robust tile is suitable for high traffic retail areas. The commercial classification is 34. The Urban Tile is suitable for wheeled traffic up to 1200kg and can be quickly installed over poor subfloors, making this tile the perfect flooring for renovation projects. The range was designed with business in mind with its quick and easy install and even easier cleaning and maintenance. This all means less time wasted and more important it can be installed when stores and spaces are live with no disturbance to business. The final and most important element is all this time saved means a positive effect on finances. The new range has been well received by large supermarket chains and retail manufacturers worldwide. As www.planonline.ie

well as offering businesses time and money saving benefits the Urban Tile offers practical advantages such as an excellent slip rating and the ability to handle heavy weights such as pallet trucks and trolleys. The makeup of the tile means it reduces noise and absorbs falling

items much better than traditional ceramic tiles. For more information on the new Urban Tile range visit our new commercial and retail flooring website www.r-tileretailflooring.com. Our sales team are ready to answer any further questions or offer technical help. Plan Magazine I Issue 5 2021 47



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