East Point Business Park comprised the redevelopment of 15 hectares of reclaimed land in Dublin Docks into a high technology Business Park comprising 29 office buildings with approximately 1.5m sq. feet of accommodation. The site is bounded by the Dublin Port tunnel reservation and the Tolka estuary. New access to the site has been constructed over a culverted bridge from Alfie Byrne Road across the Tolka Estuary.
The Business Park is located on lands which were reclaimed from Dublin Bay using a variety of builders rubble/landfill materials. The reclamation was completed in the early 1970s but a fully integrated environmental, civil and structural engineering solution was required to bring the land into re-use as a modern Business Park. A fully active gas management and control system has been designed and integrated into the park to ensure that any landfill gases produced are safely disposed of. This fully active gas control system and the management routines to be followed by the Management Company on site were devised by O’Connor Sutton Cronin. This work was awarded the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland Innovation Award in 1999. This is the first time that a system of this nature has ever been implemented in Ireland.
The project involved the design of the access roads including the culvertal access bridge. The site required dynamic compaction throughout for all of the roads and car parking areas and all of the buildings are founded on precast driven piles bearing on the gravels below the Tolka Estuary silts. Surface water is disposed of from the site into two outfalls to the Tolka Estuary. The foul sewage system is pumped through a system of pump chambers to the Dublin Port System. All of the buildings have an insitu reinforced concrete frame primarily based on insitu concrete flat slab construction. Glazed atriums, stair cases and other feature details have been designed in structural steelwork.