We are delighted to see our entry for the North City Operations Depot (NCOD) win the Engineering Design Innovation – Element Up To €10M Category at this year’s Irish Construction Excellence Awards (ICE Awards). These awards are the original and premier recognition of performance excellence for the contracting sector in Ireland so it was fantastic to take home an award for Engineering Design Innovation.
The Engineering Design Innovation Category is a new category that celebrates Engineering Design Innovation for projects completed in the past year. Engineering Design Innovation is hugely important to us as a company. We ensure we engineer solutions that add value, are high-performance and energy efficient.
With this development, sustainable design was at the forefront of all decisions ensuring that not only was the building’s design robust, but it was also affordable to run and maintain, simple in its ease of use, comfortable and designed for the lifetime of the user. The facilities designed and delivered provide the highest quality facilities possible allowing the end user to operate safely, efficiently, and effectively. EDC has also been cognizant of including COVID mitigation measures for the client and end-user in the HVAC Design and M&E Systems. These include Hepa filtration, UV filtration, high air change rates, hard ducted return air plenums, door hold open devices.
With the creation of this centralised depot, it allows the release of the 16 existing depot land sites to be re-used for more appropriate functions such as the provision of approximately 750 social housing units which will assist in the Government’s new housing goal of 30,000 new houses per year and assists in developing the infrastructure of Ballymun and the surrounding communities.
The North City Operation Depot will benefit from 800 workers from the surrounding areas, it provides a civic recycling centre to accommodate the growing population and has transformed what was a piece of land used as a dumping ground into an Energy Efficient, low-energy public facility which has been designed to ensure future climate and people needs are at the forefront of the design.
We would like to thank our team and each individual that has participated and shown their commitment to this award-winning project. This achievement could not have been possible without the teamwork, and collaboration with the wider design project team including JNP Architects, Purcell Construction and Tobin Consulting Engineers, which has been key to Dublin City Councils North City Operation’s Depot’s successful completion and delivery.