Respond Housing Cookstown, Tallaght



Design Team

Architect: Respond!
Engineer: PUNCH Consulting Engineers
QS: Healy Kelly Turner Townsend


About This Project

This project consisted of 161 units in eight buildings comprising 5 multi-storey apartment blocks and 3 two storey buildings. The works comprised 156 residential units; being a mixture  of  houses,  duplexes,  and  group  homes.  There  are  2 communal  and  administrative  services  buildings  for  St  John  of  Gods  Menni Services. These comprise an independent living / communal services block, and a community services/administration block which consists of medical, treatment and consulting  rooms,  offices,  conference  and  canteen  facilities,  and  commercial kitchen. The communal services block was fitted out to meet the requirements of supporting both children and adults   with a range of special needs including intellectual disability, mental health difficulties and problems associated with ageing. There are three floors of accommodation comprising both group homes and single bed independent units, fully fitted out as the other apartments in the development The second St. John of Gods Building consists of a drop in day services centre on the ground floor with first and second floor consisting of offices and a library.

The underground basement/car park comprises lift shafts and parking for 150 cars.

A separate crèche/community block was fitted out to facilitate a number of different uses by the estate and its management team including uses as community group meetings, offices and child care.

Estate landscaping included courtyards, pathways, soft landscaping, tree planting, street furniture, playgrounds and site enclosures.

Due to the close proximity of housing estates surrounding the boundary wall of the site, liaison with the local community played an integral part of the smooth management of the site.

Works Included:-

Large Scale Residential Development / Multi Storey over Basement /  5 Multi Storey Buildings / Extensive Services Co-Ordination /

Air to Water Heat Pumps – both for individual apartments and for large communal areas

Town Centre Site / Congested Site/Complex logistics and traffic management

Extensive Services Diversions; ESB 38KV (Serving Tallaght Hospital and 14,000 existing residential units), Public Lighting, Traffic Lights, Gas, Eircom, NTL – all diverted from the brownfield site.

Directional Drilling alongside Luas Line for Services Connections under heavily trafficked Cookstown Way

Work in Close Proximity to Railway (Luas)

Tower Cranes Oversailed Luas Lines and adjoining occupied buildings

Adjoining High Density Residential & Commercial Developments