Generator is an international chain of design-led hostels with 10 locations in some of Europe’s largest cities. The project consists of the conversion of the well-known Chief O’Neill’s Hotel into a 500-bed hostel facility in Smithfield, Dublin.
The building services works firstly involved a technical and condition assessment of the existing building services plant and systems to verify its capacity and suitability to cater for the new scheme. Retained systems were protected in-situ during the demolition and strip-out works. As well as the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing facilities, a new three-storey bedroom Drum was formed within the central atrium of the building. The Drum was treated as a stand-alone facility vis-a-vis provision of the building services plant and systems, however it was linked to the main building in terms of controls, security and fire alarm systems. A new commercial kitchen was also provided at basement level to cater for the peak occupancy of 500 guests. All existing mechanical, electrical and lift services were full serviced, re-commissioned and validated as part of the contract.
Given the high occupancy levels and foot traffic, the primary concern for the Client in relation to the mechanical and electrical services was provisioning of adequate heat and hot water, as well as CCTV security monitoring systems all year round.
Axiseng’s mechanical and electrical designs minimised modification services without rewiring and remodelling each of the 73 bedrooms resulting in significant overall cost savings in the project for the client.