Project Description

Arab / Irish Chamber of Commerce



Project Status:

Conservation and upgrade of the existing house at 34 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2 consisting of offices, meeting rooms, and canteen.

Homan O’Brien were commissioned as services consulting engineers for the refurbishment work at 34 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2, on behalf of the Arab Irish Chamber of Commerce.

The house at 34 Fitzwilliam Place was constructed during 1835 and all of the refurbishment works was subject to onerous planning and conservation requirements.

The works consisted of the complete stripping out and disposal of the existing mechanical and electrical services installations and the provision of new services throughout.

During the construction works large areas of the building were found have dry rot, which resulted in an extension to the overall programme.

Conditions of planning and conservation requirements included that wall chasing was not permitted, any existing floor boarding if removed was to be stored and reinstated to its original location, removal of skirting boarding was not permitted, chasing of existing ceilings was not permitted, existing ceiling cornices were not to be interfered with in any way, existing single glazed up / down type  sash windows were to be retained throughout.

In order to comply with these requirements existing cable routes were utilised, wireless technology was used for the fire alarm system, the intruder alarm security system an partial IT data services.

For distribution of power and IT outlets in rooms where chasing was not permitted surface mounted dado level cable trunking was provided.

The completed Building was modernised without any visible sign of services distribution. The Services upgrade was discreetly integrated into the Building. The existing Sash Windows were reconditioned ensuring smooth operation.