Metec were the M&E Consultancy Engineers for this 550,304Sq. Ft. state of art, highly sustainable warehouse & office facility that raises the bar for logistics development in Ireland.
We designed 140 kWp solar PV’s which generate 126,109 kWh/year of renewable energy which significantly reduced our carbon content targets.
A detailed electrical load analysis was carried with the client considering existing and future electrical load requirements. The electrical distribution design consisted of a medium voltage supply, medium voltage switch, client transformer and associated electrical distribution boards and sub-main cables sized to cater for the building electrical demands. All distribution boards have been designed to incorporate advanced sub-metering for ongoing energy management. High efficient LED lighting systems with daylight harvesting and occupancy controls was provided in both the warehouse and office to maximise energy savings. 10% of car parking spaces are provided with dynamic load balancing electric vehicle charging.
Due to the location of the site to Dublin Airport, there were many challenges to overcome with the external lighting design to minimise light spill / pollution. Particular challenges for this project included the provision of additional floor area, base build layout alterations and new commercial hot kitchen. These elements required supplemental plant and equipment and careful coordination within the existing base build design intent was required to accommodate these.
The provision warehouse heating formed part of the fit-out scope. This was provided via an all-air system consisting of AHU’s and air to air heat pumps. Challenges arose in relation to the coordination of distribution ductwork with the warehouse structure, the racking and the associated minimum operational heights. Locating of the plant associated with the warehouse heating systems had to be coordinated with the successful operation of the warehouse and distribution yard areas.
We delivered the highest sustainable credentials including LEED Gold, BREEAM excellence & NZEB. The success of the project is demonstrated by the ongoing operations of Maersk and the smooth process to occupying & mobilisation of operations.
To overcome the external lighting parameters/limitations due to the location to Dublin Airport, the external lighting was designed to mitigate impacts. This included provide some hours of darkness through lighting control, column heights of lamp posts minimised in an effort to reduce light spill, use of modern lighting technology that restricts the horizontal plane of the luminaires thereby directing lighting to where required and luminaire tilt at zero degrees to eliminate any upward light pollution.
Plant locations and coordination required significant detailing for the warehouse heating, additional floor area and new commercial hot kitchen. Specific space requirements were detailed early in the design in order to allow the design of steel mezzanine structures to meet the requirements of the Client.
Architects: Traynor O’Toole Architects
Structural Engineers: O’Connor Sutton Cronin
Quantity Surveyors: KSN
Fire & DAC: ORS