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Canada House, St. Stephens Green, Dublin


Canada House, St. Stephens Green, Dublin

Byrne Looby recently completed the detailed design of the embedded secant pile retaining wall to accommodate the 8 m deep basement for Canada House, a new office development at the corner of Dublin’s St. Stephens Green.

The city centre location, on the corner of Earlsfort Terrace and St. Stephens Green, required that the design meet tight deflection constraints due to the site’s close proximity to adjacent multi-storey office buildings and neighbouring properties.

Byrne Looby using their Baur BG 28 rotary rig in a challenging piling contract in Dublin.In addition, due to the restricted space available on site for the proposed development, the contractors were required to limit pile sizes wherever possible in order to provide the largest basement footprint achievable.

As a result the pile sizes varied between 900 mm, 1200 mm and 1500 mm diameter depending on the installation location around the perimeter of the basement.

Byrne Looby using their Baur BG 28 rotary rig in a challenging piling contract in Dublin.

The piles were installed by Murphy International, using their powerful Bauer BG 28 rotary rig. Extremely strong limestone bedrock was encountered on site, close to the proposed basement formation level of 8.0 m bgl, resulting in all piles being socketed between 2 to 3 m into the underlying rock.

Due to the deflection constraints a high level propping system was required, with the main contractor M.B. McNamara Construction Ltd engaging Hegarty Demolition to install a series of Groundforce proprietary cross props to restrain the pile wall at capping beam level.

The basement excavation is almost complete, with the construction of the basement slab and internal walls and columns progressing.

The design services provided by Byrne Looby, in conjunction with the flexibility in pile sizes offered by Murphy International and the powerful rock drilling capabilities, ensured that a robust yet efficient solution was provided.

Byrne Looby


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