Sophia Housing
Residential, Refurbishment, Sheltered Housing, Commercial & Education

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Main Contractor
Structural Engineer
M & E Engineer
Quantity Surveyors
Contract Value
Bracegrade Limited
Sophia Housing Association
Gerry Cahill Architects
Fearon O'Neill Rooney
FPQ Consulting Engineers
Burton ∓ O'Connor

Project Specifics

The work consisted of the construction of 50 apartments. This involved the construction of 29 apartments, offices, café and community facilities in four number three/ four storey blocks and refurbishment of an existing three storey building to create 21 apartments.
  • Residential floor area 3,790m2
  • Commercial floor area 750m2
  • Phased work. The work was phased to allow the existing three storey building block remain occupied until some apartments were available
  • At all times during construction one of the buildings on site was occupied, therefore safe access had to be maintained at all times for the residents of these buildings.
  • Large scale asbestos removal
  • Archaeological dig in a historically significant site in Dublin. Due to this it was necessary to redesign the foundations which caused a significant change in the phasing of the project. Bracegrade Ltd demonstrated flexibility and co-operated with the design team and archaeologist to arrive at a solution that would be cost effective and minimise delays.
  • Finishes of the residential units included acoustic flooring, sheet vinyl floor coverings, wall tiling, decoration and new fittings
  • External finishes to the new buildings consisted of standard brick/ block construction, Peli Color rainscreed, curtain walling, external over cladding insulation system (Sto Render system)
  • Existing building required extensive openings to be formed in various structural walls
  • The existing building was a very old building so all external walls, floors and roofs were insulated to meet current standards
  • Wisdom centre features included Sedum roofing and ornamental pond
Bracegrade Limited performed the role of Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS).