Project Description

 Social Residential Housing Ballina, Co. Mayo

St. Patrick’s Estate in Ballina was a run down dilapidated housing development with some 60% of the housing stock abandoned and boarded up.  A scheme for the regeneration of the derelict buildings and for an overall upgrade of the estate was developed by Cluid, the largest housing association providing social housing in Ireland.

The scheme consisted of the regeneration of the St. Patrick’s Social Housing Estate involving the complete re-build of 54 new houses ranging in size from 3 bed bungalows to 5 bedroom detached houses, the refurbishment of 13 existing social houses and 11 existing privately owned houses.  Works included demolition of existing houses, refurbishment of existing houses and construction of new houses.  The work also included construction of large new retaining wall together with all associated roads, utilities and services upgrades. 

A particular challenge during the procurement phase was to meet the budget constraints of this publicly funded project. Through Value Engineering exercises, Jennings O’Donovan played a key role and presented sustainable structural solutions to Cluid, so that costs and benefits could be analysed, and the optimal solution agreed upon.

The project was procured under the GCCC Public Works Contracts and was completed during 2011.

Services Provided by Jennings O’Donovan

Jennings O’Donovan provided Civil and Structural Engineering Design services including: Arranging Site Investigations and preparing Site Investigation Reports; Co-ordinating the design with the Architectural and M&E design; Preparing Designer’s Risk Assessments; Cost Analysis and Value Engineering; Preparing Tender Documents and Specifications; Tender Analysis; Site Inspections; Attending Design Meetings, Client Meetings and Site Meetings; Preparing Construction Drawings and Specifications; Technical Supervision of the Works Contractor; and design and detailing for connections to existing services and infrastructure.