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Editor’s Notes

ACT (Accelerating Change Together) was set up by architects Kevin Loftus, James McConville and Tom Lindsay in 2021 to push forward the green transition, achieve sustainability and resilience in the built environment and provide an alternative solution to the housing crisis. It’s a practice that recognises the damage we’re inflicting on the planet not just in terms of the built environment, but also through the type of environments we’re creating. ACT believes design can help answer some of our biggest global and local challenges. Its design for Scotch House, a mixed-use project in Ballina, Co Mayo, is an excellent example of the type of project architects should be designing today – a low carbon, sustainable, inclusive and biodiverse project with a variety of unit types including mixed residential for different ages and stages of family living and blended retail spaces. Sustainability is, of course, key; energy is generated through solar panels and heat pumps and recovery systems are used to minimise energy needs. Allowances have also been made for increased rainfall, with ‘blue green roofs’ that harvest rainwater and relieve pressure from the stormwater system, while supporting biodiversity through native planting. For more on ACT’s holistic approach to the housing and climate crisis, turn to page 23.

Also in this issue, we feature work by Clancy Moore Architects and BDP. We take a look at Mureli House, completed by Kyiv-based Makhno Studio right before the Russian invasion. Following Russia’s attempts to storm Kyiv in the early days of the war, the owners of Mureli House were forced to flee, leaving the house unoccupied. Today, the exact condition of the home is unknown.

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33 WRITE STUFF Clancy Moore has created a place of work and rest in the back garden of a Dublin home 40 TECHNOLOGY How emerging technologies are transforming architectural design 43 A LOOK BACK Back in a 2010 issue of Plan Magazine, John McLaughin wrote about the differences between place and space 48 DELIGHT Poetizer’s offices blend minimalist interiors with an open-air greenhouse at the poetry
architectureinteriorsdesignengineering 4 REIMAGINE The winning Irish entries for the International Concrete Design Competition have been announced 6 INTERNATIONAL DESIGN The biggest public works construction in the history of the city, Seattle’s high-rise convention center is nearing completion 8 FRESH Designed by Kyiv-based Makhno Studio, Mureli House in Ukraine is a celebration of summertime and Ukrainian design 12 OPEN HOUSE Experience old, new and future views of Dublin’s architecture at Open House Dublin 2022 this October 14 POWERED UP BDP’s environmental engineers have delivered a sustainable commercial office space for the ESB
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BDP’s environmental engineers have delivered one of the most efficient and sustainable commercial offices in Dublin for the ESB

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SHIFTING THE Conversation

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Maybe we can start to see town centres not just as commercial spaces, but as neighbourhoods or a place for schools. What we would like to achieve is a shift in mindset. We don’t have any major ambitions to be a huge practice. e idea of collaboration and seeing where we can add value is what’s important to us

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Clancy Moore has created a place of work and rest in the back garden of a Dublin home

“We found space for a rich internal world, lined in red stained beech and mirror. e inside features redpainted timber which lines the walls of the hut”

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Since the COVID-19 lockdown, Specialised Solutions has seen strong demand for its line of off-grid park benches and shelters and its modular buildings.

Worker and supply shortages in the building and construction industry and councils zeroing in on renewable energy projects are behind the demand for its cutting-edge products. Brad Riddle, the company’s national business development manager, said Specialised Solutions were now eyeing more opportunities on a global scale.

Riddle said the company has distributors in the United States and New Zealand but said there is “strong interest” from European and Middle Eastern markets.

“We are working on an export version of our products,” Riddle said.

“We’re still working on that, but it will be a little more transportable and more modular.

“A number of our products are larger and made of aluminum and steel and so we need to look at transport effi ciencies to ensure that we can still be competitive in the international market.”

Based out of the Tonsley Innovation District in Adelaide, South Australia, the company has been manufacturing its Sedi line of smart furniture for the last three years.

The original outdoor bench has since spawned bins, bike racks and heaters harnessing their power from the sun. Designed by JPE Design Studio, the furniture is made from steel and sustainable timber and, using a small battery, can provide Wi-FI, lighting and charging ports to people.

Riddle said the company saw increased demand for the unique products during the COVID-19 lockdowns.

“I think COVID-19 has put a new focus on public spaces and councils are looking for innovative ways to deliver in those spaces, and our products fi t within that perfectly,” Riddle said.

“We’ve also seen large public infrastructure grants to councils come out in the last 18 months, 24 months with COVID-19, so we’ve had a renewed focus on those public spaces.”

Riddle said there has also been a growing appetite for modular buildings in regional

areas struggling with housing issues.

“A lot of places can’t get builders, so people are looking at different systems and different processes for how they would traditionally do something, in particular regional areas.”

In May, the company installed three modular buildings, including a foreshore cafe, visitor’s information and a library in the South Australian town of Whyalla for the local council. Riddle said the council couldn’t fi nd local builders to complete the work in time.

The company constructed the modular buildings at the company’s base in the Tonsley Innovation District. They then shipped the buildings to the South Australian town to be installed on-site.

“We’ve found our products cross a gamut of needs and requirements at the moment which works well, but we’re always looking at how we can improve the modularity in the production of what we do to reduce cost for the end consumer,” Riddle said.

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Breedon Group Plc is a leading construction materials group operating in over 350 locations across Ireland and Great Britain. The company produces essential materials that make a fundamental difference to the everyday lives of people everywhere.

Recently, Breedon announced a strong set of results for the six months of 2022, with Group revenue for the period up by 12%. Rob Wood, Breedon Group’s CEO stated, “Crucially, we achieved this strong outturn while keeping our people safe and well. We have continued to invest in our team as we prepare for our next chapter of growth and that was refl ected in our recent engagement survey where response and engagement rates were the highest ever. Our colleagues are embracing the challenges presented by the uncertain backdrop, remaining focused on responding nimbly to local market requirements, winning new business, driving effi ciencies and delivering fi rst-class service to our customers. Now more than ever, our agile and entrepreneurial DNA will set us apart.’



Leading minerals processor, Kilwaughter Minerals Limited, has announced a two-year capital investment programme totaling £4.7 million. The money will fund a range of projects with a focus on improving capacity and efficiency, reducing the company’s carbon footprint, and enhancing its market-leading position in the construction and agriculture sectors. The initiative includes the construction of additional warehousing, updated plant and machinery, and a new blending plant that was completed earlier this year. The company also plans to further improve its offi ce facilities at their headquarters at Kilwaughter, near Larne, and their distribution and offi ce facility in Cork which is ideally placed to serve their growing customer base in the Republic of Ireland. These investments are in addition to recently completed enhancements at their St Helens facility and a newly opened business centre at HQ in 2021. Kilwaughter services a growing customer base with products such as through-colour renders, external wall insulation systems, soil health conditioning minerals and livestock bedding lime solutions to control bacteria. Gary Wilmot, CEO, Kilwaughter Minerals said: “As we seek to remain at the forefront of our industries and the markets that we serve, investing in our capital infrastructure remains an ongoing commitment for Kilwaughter. These investments, cover projects taking place across 2022 and 2023, many of them designed to ultimately enhance the experience of our customers and also the environment and opportunity for our team. Demand for our products is increasing so we must plan for future growth and development, aligned with our commitment to sustainability.Among our capital spend is the purchase of a more effi cient stone drying system that will help us to reduce carbon emissions while also improving production effi ciency.”

Further information about Kilwaughter Minerals Limited, including a full list of product options can be found at

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As part of the celebration of over 50 years in Ireland, Fosroc are looking back at key project case studies from over the years. The third in the series recalls the refurbishment of Cork Lower Harbour Drainage Scheme. The work took place between 2015-17.


Cork Lower Harbour Drainage Scheme contains a large scale waste water treatment plant. John Sisk and Sons wanted a simple cost effective solution to waterproofing the joints between poured sections of the tanks allowing for expansion and contraction.

Creating a water-tight seal around the large diameter pipes penetration the walls through square openings created further problems for Sisk, due to the volume of material required to fill the void. All products and systems used on the project needed to be resistant to aggressive chemicals and sludge associated with waste water plants.


In excess of 1000M of Fosroc’s tried and tested Supercast PVC Hydrofoil and Rearguard water bar was used throughout the project in all horizontal and vertical joints. Standard 250mm waterbar was chosen due to its simplicity and 10M head of pressure rating. Supercast SW20 hydrophillic strip and Supercast SWX hydrophilic mastic was used around the pipe penetrations and the openings filled with Conbextra TS was poured to fill the openings in a single application. Single component Nitoseal MS600 civil engineering sealant was used in numerous locations on the site because of its ability to resist degradation and de-bonding in permanently immersed conditions.


Each product and system used presented its own advantage to the project and benefit to Sisk. Time and money was saved by using a low-tech but highly effective PVC waterbar system that was complimented by a reliable hydrophilic system made from pure materials, not a blend. This means that the hydrophilic

expansion and contraction cycle remains constant and will not leak or seep over time. Using Conbextra TS meant that each of the pipe openings could be filled in a single application, eliminating the leak risk and weak points that would have been created by pouring multiple layers. In keeping with Sisk’s rigorous quality policy there were zero leaks or issues from any of the Fosroc systems or products used on this project.


George Quinn Ltd work closely with our stockists to provide the latest trends in stair parts which enable the homeowner to completely transform their existing staircase with minimum intrusion to the surroundings.

“Over the years we have worked with George Quinn Ltd to provide our clients with the best quality stair parts possible,” cites Shane Ryan from Ryan’s Timber & uPVC in Limerick. Shane continues,” when refurbishing our customers staircases, they are our go to stair parts supplier due to the high quality and range of products coupled with an outstanding service which is an integral part of our successful stair renovation business,”

When a couple in Co. Clare were in the process of renovating their home, they realised that their staircase would not compliment the interior design work already conducted in their hallway. The couple had renovated the house in 2005, had a solid red deal staircase fitted at the time and a solid oak parquet floor. They wanted a white oak staircase but did not want to damage the parquet floor nor the paint work, already completed. This meant that a new staircase was out of the question as it would mean the removal of the existing staircase which was still structurally sound and would result in damage to both the walls and the floor. Further time and cost with re-plastering, painting the walls, and repairing the floor. The search for a suitable solution brought them to the showroom of Ryan’s Timber & uPVC in Limerick where they could view all the latest stair parts trends on the George Quinn stair parts display. The expert team in Ryan’s offer a full service including initial site survey and complete fitting if required and guided the clients through the best options for their needs. The best choice was the George Quinn Ltd Stair Cladding steps and risers in white oak, a pre-finished step and riser ideal for the renovation of existing staircases. The white painted Boyne chamfered spindle collection was the design selected and accented by white oak square newel posts to capture the latest in modern staircase design trends. The final designs and timeline were agreed and the Ryan’s team began the project which took three and a half days and resulted Plan Magazine 47
in a complete transformation of the staircase to the satisfaction of the client. For more information on stair cladding and other stair renovation products visit GEORGE