Refurbishment of the existing vaults beneath Connolly Station, that was previously used as a licensed premises. The refurbishment works encompasses a full strip of existing services, upgrade of the facade, protection of the existing historical structure and fitout of the space to a medical facility, with associated consultation rooms, offices, ablutions, and canteen. A new VRF system and plant, as well as new gas-fired water heater within the existing Irish Rail plantroom.
The Connolly Station was opened 1844 and serves as the headquarters for Irish Rail.
The original stonewalls had to be protected which lead to a number of unique solutions to routing and supporting services. There were restrictions on the plant space due to the limited space within the vaults. Due to the nature of the building, there is only one external façade which was a challenge from a lighting perspective as well as fresh air provision.
We worked closely with suppliers to specify a VRF plant system that could function within an internal space and ducted onto external louvres. Working closely with design team as well as the construction team the services were carefully routed through the building and largely co- ordinated on site. The existing ducts, opes and manholes were used where possible to route services.
The vaults were previously occupied as a nightclub and had been vacated in 2012. The space was abandoned and had fallen into disrepair. This project has led to a rejuvenation of the harbour-side entrance of the station and adjacent office buildings. The station and vaults below are a historical landmark and the project endeavoured to repair and extend the lifespan of the original stonework walls.