Donegal Town Garda Station - Refurbishment & Extension

  • Client: Office of Public Works
  • Building Size: 619m2
  • Total Value: €2,720,000
  • Total M&E Value: €800,000
  • Year Completed: 2020
Project Description:
Varming Consulting Engineers were commissioned to design the mechanical, electrical and lift services installations for the extensive, refurbishment and alteration to the existing Donegal Town Garda Station, providing a modern fit out for the purposed facility. The works included demolition of existing two storey extension and storage shed, refurbishment of the existing station, construction of a three-storey over semibasement contemporary extension to the rear of the existing station which included a new custody suite, with rooftop plant room, new boundary enclosures, secure storage, and all associated site works. The project achieved the highest standards of M&E performance based on an agreed budget costs, using state of the art engineering design to reduce the carbon foot print, improve reliability and minimises operating & maintenance costs. The new Custody Suite and Interview rooms complies with the latest An Garda Síochana General Specification and Requirements.

ACEI Award for Design Excellence 2022.

The project involved a deep retrofit refurbishment works to the existing early 20th Century Garda Station includes a new build extension all integrated with the existing to provide an to provide a modern fit for purpose operational garda station.

The project includes refurbishment and retrofit with design to the highest standards of sustainability and energy efficient design using Energy Efficient Design (EED) methodology was employed and the finished building achieved Nearly Zero Energy Building (NEZB) compliance and a BER of A3. Sustainable design including the installation of Air Sources Heat Pumps (ASHP), enhanced insulation, air tightness and thermally efficient façade glazing contributed to the achievement of the A3 BER. Natural daylight and ventilation was maximised throughout the building combined with innovative sustainable building services design solutions into an overall coordinated design solution for the project.

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