Project Name: UCD Charles Institute
Location: Belfield Dublin 4
Architects: RKD Architects
Engineers: ARUP Delap & Waller
Completion Date: 2013
We were engaged as specialist airtightness consultants to carry out site audits of the ongoing works, review of details, complex junctions, full ITCLevel 2 building thermographic survey and the FINAL ISO 17025 INAB Accredited airtightness. The speed of construction, complexity of the building and size of the project resulted in 1 x monthly inspection intervals and regular workshops with the site team which enabled the building fulfil its specification of < 5.00 (m3/hr) /m2 @ 50Pa.The Charles Institute, named in honour of Andrew Charles, the founder of the original skin hospital in Hume Street, represents the largest single investment into dermatological research and training in Ireland. The 4407m² Charles Institute is a stand-alone 4 storey concrete framed structure with stone cladding and curtain walling. The building will incorporate new research laboratories including classrooms, conference suite and office accommodation. This state-of-the-art research and training facility located on the UCD campus. The Institute is linked via walkways to the UCD Conway Institute and the UCD Health Sciences Centre. This creates a unique health and biomedical sciences complex with the Charles Institute at its heart.