TOBIN Consulting Engineers is proud of our continued involvement on the National Sports Campus project in Abbotsown, Co. Dublin. TOBIN is the lead technical advisor to Sport Ireland, our valued client, in delivering numerous projects on their Masterplan for this campus since 2009.
TOBIN Consulting Engineers are proud of our continued involvement in one of Ireland’s most prominent projects throughout recent years – the National Sports Campus Development in Abbotsown, Co. Dublin. Since 2009, we have been the lead technical advisor for our client, Sport Ireland, in delivering numerous projects as part of their Campus Masterplan. This landmark project involves the development of external sports facilities including natural grass and synthetic pitches with ancillary fencing and floodlighting. It also takes in large-scale sports-building facilities including indoor athletic tracks, indoor courts, gyms, changing rooms and spectator accommodation. The project is seen as a real beacon of hope for further achievement by a host of Irish athletes across a whole multiple of sports categories at varying age levels.
This particular project highlights our capabilities when working within the more expansive parameters of a Project Master Plan through combining a multi-disciplinary team with the broad service reach of the TOBIN business. Our Building & Infrastructure and Energy & Environment divisions specifcially, were instrumental in their respective roles, in considering the relevant principals of prevention and safety in all aspects of the design with particular emphasis on the early incorporation of these measures.
To date, we have provided Project Management and Lead Consultancy services throughout all stages of the campus projects including Planning Review, Design Review, Tendering, Tender Evaluation & Award, Construction, Client’s Representative, Quantity Surveying and Handover & Defects Period. Working in close conjunction with Sport Ireland, we also assumed the role of Employer’s Representative for, amongst other things, the development of the enabling and site infrastructure works for the campus, multi sport pitches, equestrian arena, the Campus Conference Centre, the FAI Training Headquarters and the National Indoor Arena. The most significant project in the campus is the aforementioned, €57m National Indoor Arena. Phase 1 of this arena is due for completion in September 2016. The arena alone encompasses a National Indoor Athletics Training Centre, a National Gymnastics Training Centre, a National Indoor Training Centre as well as a full size synthetic soccer pitch and a half-size synthetic rugby pitch.
There are some notable long term strategies and sustainable development options being adopted by Sport Ireland with the provision of the aforementioned multi-purpose Campus Pavilion Building for example. The asset will provide a consistent income stream on a more commercial level by offering conferencing facilities to various entities within the region. In delivering this project, TOBIN have been able to draw on a number of key specialisms within our business across the following divisions: civil and structural engineering, quantity surveying, project management and environmental services.
In our role as Lead Consultant for the various elements of these works, we have acted as the central point of contact for Sport Ireland in liaising with the various members of the design and construction teams. We provided specialist advice and design and contract administration services on these projects. The relationship we have built with Sport Ireland to date has been excellent. The vision this Agency shares is aligned in a very positive way with a number of TOBIN’s core values, none more so than the concepts of sustainability, innovation and people and relationships. It is always exciting to be at the forefront of a big shift in national policy towards a certain sector. In this instance, it is specific to sport, and there is certainly something in the Irish psyche that becomes invigorated by sport. We have certainly been invigorated by our work on this project and we look forward to our continued partnership with Sport Ireland to ensure that the infrastructure now being put in place is there for many future generations of Irish sporting success.
TOBIN Consulting Engineers – Sports Campus (Main Technical Items)
Demolition & Site Preparation Works
We provided PM, Design and Quantity Surveying services for the Demolition and Site Preparation Works on the Sports Campus grounds in accordance with the requirements of the Planning Permission granted by Fingal County Council in August 2009 under the Public Works Contract for Building Works designed by the Contractor, including: Demolition of existing buildings and Termination of existing services
Civil Engineering Works
Our team at TOBIN reviewed planning and design details and provided project management services for the provision of roads and associated infrastructure including: a new 4-arm roundabout, new carriageways, new foot ways/cycle ways, street lighting to Access Roads, foul pipelines, surface water drainage, water-mains and service ducting as well as associated landscaping works.
For the Campus Pavilion Building and Gate House projects, we were the Lead Consultants and provided full project management, design, contract administration & QS services during the Employer Designed contract for the provision of structures and infrastructure. The Multisport Pavilion is a three storey building with a floor area of 524m² including changing rooms, administrative offices, meeting rooms, conference hall, ESB substation and switchgear rooms. The Gate House is a single storey building with a floor area of 28m². Our team also provided the Mechanical & Electrical services including building heating & lighting and for other contractors to install floodlighting & CCTV control equipment at both sites. TOBIN also covered the associated 4,200m² of car parking, internal access roads and footpaths with associated public lighting and minor landscaping works.
Community Synthetic Pitches
Our team at TOBIN also reviewed planning and design and provided project management services during the design build contract for the provision of the community synthetic pitches covering final earthworks profiling, pitch and path lighting including power supply, CCTV works, landscaping works and sports retention fencing works to pitches. The total area included twelve 7-a-side size pitches and one full size hockey pitch.
High Performance Training Centre for Irish Institute of Sport (IIS)
We were the Lead Consultant providing Project Management, Specialist Sports Facility Design, Civil and Structural Engineering, Quantity Surveying and PSDP Services as well as acting as Employer’s Representative from Stage 1 through to Handover stage for the IIS. The facility enhances the existing facilities provided by the IIS at the National Sports Campus site in Abbottstown. The facility is a single storey construction of approx. 4,800m² which consists of an indoor Training Area including specialist 100m running track, boxing rings and gymnasium, lecture space, physiotherapy and medical treatment rooms, changing rooms, social ecology kitchen and living space, office space and meeting rooms. The project was a contractor design and build project procured through etenders on a two stage restrictive tendering process.
National Indoor Arena (€57M value)
We are currently acting as Team Lead, Design Reviewer, QS and PSDP for the construction of the 40,000m² (80m clear span, steel structure) National Indoor Arena leading a Multidisciplinary Team comprising International Architects, TOBIN Quantity Surveying, TOBIN Civil & Structural Design, Mechanical & Electrical Designer and Landscaping Architects. Phase 1 of the works is expected to be completed in September 2016. We are also providing lead consultancy services including design and QS services on the National Indoor Velodrome and Badminton Centre which is a 9000m2 steel framed building with clear span trusses. This project is currently at Tender Stage in a design build contract.
TOBIN has and continues to provide full PSDP services on all past and present projects within the National Sports Campus.