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Cuchulainn Heights

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Residential
  • Project Name:
    Cuchulainn Heights
  • Client:
    Carlingford Properties Ltd
  • Location:
    Dundalk Road, Carlingford, Co Louth, Ireland
  • Architect:
    NMA Architects

Project Overview

Cuchulainn Heights development comprised the construction of 90nr houses which are a mixture of detached, semi-detached, town houses and apartments. Two different house types were incorporated into the scheme. Construction of Cuchulainn Heights was spilt into 5 phases and included associated site development works.

Due to poor ground conditions we used precast driven piles. We linked into the main road and formed Cul De Sac, parking bays and roundabouts.

The development features professionally landscaped parkland with winding pathways and central water attraction.

Each dwelling features natural stone on front elevations, hardwood double glazed windows and external doors, UPVC fascia barge & softfit, concrete roof tiles, oil fired central heating and close sheeted fencing between properties.

Materials included block brick cut stone façades on houses cedar and stainless steel and glass balustrades were used on the apartments. Concrete tiled roofs, on houses and standing seam zinc on apartments, and Cedar cladding. The development also required piled foundations with ground beams.

The design layout was dictated by the local sewerage connection and thus the footprints of the buildings were founded at a level to accommodate the minimum gradient possible. Development was also restricted by an existing road junction in the middle of the site. All service installations were coordinated with the building works a works progressed there were no issues with the consultants as this was being managed by our in house staff.

The site was handed over for occupation at the completion of each phase. All service connections and civil works around the dwellings were operational for the handover of each phase. As a result the remainder of the construction works (after phase 1) were completed while working around live services. No service interruptions were experienced during these works. Protection of existing services and adjacent properties were required as works progressed after ph1. No service interruptions were experienced during the remaining works. No structural damage was reported or recorded to adjacent properties as works progressed.

The site was located adjacent to a costal environment, wet land and bounded on 2 sides by watercourses. After carrying out an Environmental Assessment the risk of potential damage to this sensitive environment was considered high and as a result we employed rigours control measures such as bunding of oil tanks, refuelling in special designated areas (which were also bunded) to prevent escape of any fuel to the water course or surrounding wet lands.

Key Features

  • Design & Build
  • Procurement Route: RIAI 2002 without quanitities
  • Live site; town centre location; phased construction
  • Greenfield site, low laying meadow land subject to flooding & covered by 2.5m peat. The upper 50% was steep undulating & resulted in a major cut to fill exercise giving a sweet gradient from back to front
  • Site drainage works
  • Formation of entrance, sight lines from main road, paths, car-parking
  • Considerate Constructors Scheme
  • Units designed to Lifetime Homes Criteria, Secure by Design criteria & Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3
  • Air tightness testing
  • PV Panels

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