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UCD Future Campus

Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s with Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Sasaki Associates, GROSS. MAX., Arup, Atelier Ten, IN2 Engineering Design Partnership, Linesight, Michael Slattery Associates and i3PT have been shortlisted for the UCD Future Campus.

This international design competition focuses on enhancing and enlivening University College Dublin’s extensive campus. The competition seeks an outstanding integrated team for two much-needed design initiatives.

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Firstly, to create a strong urban design vision that foregrounds a highly-visible and welcoming entrance precinct, one combining placemaking with a stronger physical presence and identity for the University. And, secondly, to devise a concept design for a charismatic new building that expresses the University’s creativity – a making and learning lab – the Centre for Creative Design.

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In our proposal, the campus’ woodland walks are connected to form a public park around the campus. Their manicured landscapes are ‘re-wilded’ and drawn deep into the campus in a series of green promontories that alternate with academic plazas. The plazas signify UCD’s shift away from a campus of linear walks towards one of urban squares, each of which is anchored by a heritage structure.

A sweeping timber roof covers the lofty spaces, beginning as an expansive protected outdoor commons for the entire university and ending in a dramatic event space overlooking the main entrance with views to Howth Head beyond.

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Further information including a the shortlisted projects is available on Malcolm Reading Consultants competition website.

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Delivering World-Leading Healthcare Using BIM


Michael Earley will be presenting at Autodesk University in London on Tuesday 19th June along with Chad Bedard of CampbellReith and Lewis Wenman of Bouygues UK.

The presentation will discuss the development of UCLH’s (University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s) new facility which will be home to one of only two NHS Centres for Proton Therapy, Europe’s largest centre for the treatment of blood disorders and surgery services.

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Both CampbellReith and Scott Tallon Walker have been involved on this project from the earliest days. As the project has matured, so has the BIM environment and consequently the client BIM requirements. From the beginning this has been an ambitious BIM project, attempting to have a fully coordinated building with models from MEP, Structure, Architecture, Facade manufacturer, Drainage, Specialist Proton therapy equipment supplier, Contractor, and more. There have been many challenges along the way, but in working together as a team we have addressed them to deliver the client’s brief. We will discuss the Architectural and Structural challenges we have faced in modelling and coordinating amongst disciplines and how we have used Revit and Navisworks to overcome these.

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The panel of speakers will discuss the data outputs and how we have addressed the developing client brief to ensure we are delivering client requirements without impacting on deliverables or coordination.


Start Time: 2:10 pm | End Time: 3:05 pm | Class Type/Format: Industry Talk | Primary Product: Revit | Secondary Products: ,Navisworks Manage, | Speakers: Chad BedardMichael Earley, Lewis Wenman

Looking forward to seeing you there.

New Student Centre for Maynooth University and Maynooth Students’ Union

Scott Tallon Walker have been appointed following a design competition to begin work on a new Student Centre for Maynooth University and Maynooth Students’ Union (MSU). The centre will serve as the hub for student life on the campus and is part of the next phase of Maynooth University’s campus development plan. The plan is aimed at providing the critically important campus buildings and infrastructure needed to meet the changing needs of students, staff and the wider community.

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The new student centre will serve as a home-from-home for students and a focal point for student life. The new building will open in early 2021 and serve as a hub for MSU, clubs, societies, events, and a wider variety of activities that help to create that special sense of belonging that is so important to the Maynooth student experience.

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Scott Tallon Walker Architects have also designed the University’s Library, Iontas and School of Education buildings – the Student Centre will create a distinctive destination on campus that is welcoming, vibrant, friendly and inclusive. The Student Centre will be built and operated to the highest sustainability standards, including an innovative ‘outdoor living room’ under a sustainable canopy, blurring the distinction between indoor and outdoor space and creating a unique space and resource for student life.

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CITA Digital Transition Series – April 2018

Michael Earley and Liam Farrelly of Scott Tallon Walker Architects  presented a case study on the use of BIM on Trinity Business School at the CITA Digital Transition Series on Wednesday 11th April 2018. Adrian Ryan (Arup) and Celine O’Connor also presented on Structural Engineer and Contractors perspectives.

The opening address was by David Browne (President RIAI)

Barry Lowry (Government Chief of Information) presented the Governments strategy for Digital.

The theme for the Trinity Business School presentation was “what worked well and what didn’t” and included detailed analysis at the process of using Level 2 BIM on the Business School. The project is currently under construction and is programmed for completion at the end of 2018.

Michael Earley gave an introduction to Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Trinity Business School, Level 2 BIM and some of the challenges in dealing with change.

Liam Farrelly presented the challenges in designing the Trinity Business School in BIM.

Adrian Ryan presented the challenges relating to the Substructure, Structure and Protected Structures.

Celine O’Connor gave an overview of the benefits of BIM to contractors and highlighted some important issues relating to the status of the model at tender.

The Trinity Business School team answering some questions after the presentations.

Summary information on Trinity Business School: CITA – Trinity Business School – Case Study – 3 Page

There was a panel discussion on the National BIM Council roadmap for BIM in Ireland afterwards which will be chaired by David Browne (RIAI President) and included leaders in the field of Design and Construction in Ireland.

The PowerPoint presentations are available on CIAT at

The agenda and list of presenters was:

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CITA Digital Transition Series – April 2018

Michael Earley and Liam Farrelly of Scott Tallon Walker Architects will be presenting a case study on the use of BIM on Trinity Business School at the forthcoming CITA Digital Transition Series on Wednesday 11th April 2018. Greg Power (Trinity College Dublin), Adrian Ryan (Arup) and Celine O’Connor will also be presenting on the clients, Structural Engineer and Contractors perspectives.

The theme will be “what worked well and what didn’t” and will include detailed analysis at the process of using Level 2 BIM on the Business School. The project is currently under construction and is programmed for completion at the end of 2018.

The agenda and full list of presenters are:

Programme April 11th Final

More details and registration at:

Summary information on Trinity Business School:

CITA – Trinity Business School – Case Study – 3 Page

There will be a panel discussion on the National BIM Council roadmap for BIM in Ireland afterwards which will be chaired by David Browne (RIAI President) and includes leaders in the field of Design and Construction in Ireland.

Digital Transition Series – March 2018


As part of the Digital Transition Series organised by CITA, Michael Earley and Liam Farrelly from Scott Tallon Walker Architects will be presenting on BIM in Education using the Trinity College Business School as a case study.

The presentation will be opened by David Browne, President RIAI and Barry Lowry, Government Chief Information Officer will speak about digital strategy and the National BIM Council Roadmap.

Date: Thursday 1st March – 7:30am to 10:30am.

Venue: Royal College of Physicians, No. 6 Kildare Street Dublin 2.


08.00-08.10                         Opening Address – David Bowne, President RIAI

08.10-08.30                         Government Chief Information Officer, Barry Lowry


Case Study: BIM in Education – Trinity Business School

08:30-08.35                        Michael EarleyScott Tallon Walker Architects

08.35-08.50                        Liam FarrellyScott Tallon Walker Architects

08.50-09.05                        Adrian RyanArup

09.05-09.20                        Celine O’ConnorJJ Rhatigan and Company

09.20-09.30                        Q&A


09.30-10.20                         Panel Discussion on Commitment to NBC Roadmap


About Trinity College

Since its foundation four centuries ago, Trinity College Dublin has held rank as one of the world’s great universities. It is ranked 88th in the world, 22nd in Europe, combining advanced research and scholarship with an educational environment that values the whole student experience.


Invitation to Tender for Design Team

In August 2013, the governance board of Trinity College Dublin included a vision statement for a new Business School in the invitation to tender for design team members circulated via the Irish Public Procurement Service. This document included some important preambles for design teams which mirrored significant challenges that were happening in the construction industry such as global recession and the significant progression in technology which was and continues to disrupt businesses. The following are some important extracts:


“The world is witness to a wave of transformative thinking: sweeping up conventions and rules, changing the way we work, how we interact, how we do business. This revolution spearheaded by unprecedented opportunities in research, market sharing, information access, cloud technology, product development and instant, unfettered communication is irreversible. It is transforming strategic management from the smallest start-up to the corporate giant. Impacts on how markets develop, thrive, and exchange knowledge or expertise are deep. Progress is inevitable.”


“The global recession, meanwhile, is driving a radical, reflective revisioning of business practice and methodology, abolishing the obsolete. New thinkers rake over the ashes of assumption seeking embers to spark a flicker flame of economic recovery, a crank to start a level shift in momentum. The Time for Change is Now.”

Managing Change

“But change can be impetuous. It can lose sight of traditions, enduring wisdom and age old cultural nuance of immeasurable value. This can have long-lasting effects on security, stability and identity. Culture, arts, social science, the humanities must stitch in, to bring an evolutionary refinement to the galloping pace of technology. Change must be managed consciously, carefully with insight and discipline.”

Invitation to Tender for Design Team – Level 2 BIM

The Invitation to tender required the Project Team to develop the preferred design to a Level 2 maturity Building Information Model (BIM) to allow the procurement of a Construction Contractor (i.e. managed 3D environment held in separate discipline ‘BIM’ models and tools with attached data. The architect as lead designer was required to prepare a project strategy or plan that provides for information sharing between all key design/construction disciplines via BIM, including exchange formats and procedures. Key requirements included:

  • BIM to be used for client “virtual walk through” at various stages of design.
  • BIM to be utilised to achieve optimum Energy performance for design options
  • Building information to be recorded within COBie parameters for handover to client

It was exciting to see that Trinity College Dublin were taking a lead by procuring a project to Level 2 BIM standards. Like the aspirations for the development of the new Business School, the advancement of technology and new processes to manage design brought challenges which required strategy and careful management. The design team combined a knowledge of BIM software systems from graduates, BIM management skills gained from working on projects in the UK during the lean years and the experience of project architects and engineers who have been involved in similar projects.

The Site

Trinity Business School is being located on a 0.518 ha site approximately, within the campus of Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. The site is principally bounded by Pearse Street to the north; the existing railway line to the east; existing structures on Pearse Street to the west and the Trinity College campus to the south.  The site also includes Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street (incl.), which are Protected Structures, which will be refurbished as a cafe and student accommodation with related ancillary uses. The development includes the demolition of the existing Sports Hall (Luce Hall) previously designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects in the 1970s, the maintenance workshops and first floor WCs to the rear of Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street.

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The Building

The development consists of a business school; innovation and entrepreneurship hub; auditorium; cafe and student accommodation with ancillary administration, staff and student uses.  The proposed new building comprises six floors of lecture/office accommodation over two basement levels linked to Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street. The development also includes the refurbishment, including internal revisions, of Nos. 183-188 Pearse Street, which will be extended at the rear ground floor level to provide cafe use with student accommodation at first and second floor levels.

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Entrances from Pearse Street and the campus are at ground floor level and give access to an atrium space which includes an Exhibition Area, access to a lecture theatre, access to the upper level of the 600-person auditorium, general circulation and informal meeting and gathering space. Stairs and passenger lifts give access to all lower and upper floors. The 600 seat Auditorium can accommodate both large and small audiences for events such as the welcoming of new students, major award ceremonies, lectures, graduation events and conference plenary sessions. It is capable of being used in a number of modes: entirely flat floor, raked and flat floor, or subdivided into two separate 300 seat spaces, one raked and one flat.

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In February 2014, Scott Tallon Walker, Arup and IN2 prepared a specification for procurement of a survey which included a Point Cloud Survey for the protected structures, and the adjacent buildings. The document set-out very prescriptive requirements for the information to be delivered which included a Full cartographical two dimensional (2D) topographical survey, Point Cloud Survey and Revit models to varying levels of detail. The contextual Revit models Coastway Surveys who were the successful bidder have been very useful for such as constrained and historic site.

Planning and Regulatory Compliance

A Planning Application was submitted in June 2015 and permission was granted in September 2015. Fire Safety Certificate and Disability Access Certificate applications were lodged in in September 2015.

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Invitation to Tender for the Construction Team

In January 2016, Turner & Townsend prepared the construction tender documentation which included documentation from Trinity College Dublin and the Design Team. Included with this tender documentation were comprehensive and updated Employers Information Requirements (EIR) and Supply Chain Capability Summary (SCCS) documents, prepared by TCD’s BIM Manager, and an Asset Information Requirements (AIR) document provided by Scott Tallon Walker and agreed with TCD which captured the requirements for all asset information in the model to be provided by the contracting team.

Tender documents for the main contract and separate Mechanical & Electrical contracts were issued in March 2016. As this was TCD’s first Level 2 maturity Building Information Model (BIM) capital project, the EIR and AIR documents were composed with the vision of utilising these on all future capital projects which would be procured using Level 2 BIM. The assessment of BIM Execution Plans (BEPs) was undertaken by TCD’s BIM Manager.


Construction Team

Enabling works which included civil works and a temporary electrical substation was awarded to BAM.

JJ Rhatigan and Company were awarded the main contract to construct the Business School in June 2016. T Bourke and Company were awarded the Mechanical Contract with the Designer Group being successful with the Electrical Contract.

Key Statistics:

  • Site Area: 5,200 m2
  • Gross Internal Area: 14,155 m2 including protected structures
  • Contract / Delivery Type: Irish Government Public Works Contract – PWC-CF1 v2.0 Jan 2016.
  • BIM: Level 2 BIM in accordance with PAS1192-2:2013
  • Sustainability: NZEB, BER A2


  • The School of Business
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship Hub
  • Auditorium
  • Restaurants
  • Pearse Street Terrace Refurbishment (Protected Structures)

Client Team:

  • Director of Estates & Facilities: Paul Mangan
  • Head of Capital Projects: Greg Power
  • BIM Manager: Peter McDonnell
  • Project Manager: Tom Armstrong

Design Team:

  • Architects: Scott Tallon Walker Architects
  • Structural/ Civil Engineer: Arup
  • Façade Engineer: Arup
  • Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: IN2
  • Project Manager: Turner & Townsend
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner & Townsend
  • PSDP: Turner & Townsend
  • Fire Engineer: Michael Slattery and Associates
  • Acoustics: AWN Consulting
  • Sustainability: IN2
  • Planning Consultant: Tom Philips and Associates
  • Conservation Architect: David Slattery Conservation Architects
  • BCAR Consultant: Procert
  • Landscape Architect: Mitchell & Associates
  • Catering Design: QA Design

Construction Team:

  • Enabling Works: BAM
  • Main Contractor: JJ Rhatigan and Company
  • Mechanical Services Contractor: T Bourke
  • Electrical Services Contractor: Designer Group


Minister for Health Simon Harris formally “Turned the Sod” on Peamount Healthcare’s New 100 Bed Development in Newcastle, Co Dublin

Minister for Health, Simon Harris turns the sod on a 100-bed residential healthcare unit designed by Scott Tallon Walker Architects for Peamount Healthcare on their existing Campus in Newcastle, South County Dublin.


Peamount Healthcare is an independent voluntary organisation that operates in partnership with the HSE to provide a range of health and social care services for the Dublin Mid Leinster Region. Peamount Healthcare currently operates 219 beds between campus and community services with a headcount of 500 employees.


The service provided by Peamount Healthcare is split equally between rehabilitation and elderly care residents. Scott Tallon Walker’s design is an outcome of a mindset of empathy; seeking to understand and envision the challenges, capabilities, perspective and experience of its future users as a means to inform design decisions. There is a dementia cohort with special design requirements accommodated within in the elderly care hospital. This design approach relates across all scales; from the building as a whole (the patient arrival journey is short, simple, and never disengaged from an outside view), down to detail (from the pillow of each bed the design provides a view of landscaped outdoor space and the Peamount estate’s parkland environment). The design thus seeks to positively support patient capabilities, autonomy and sense of self-significance, no matter how diminished those may be.

In attendance from Scott Tallon Walker Architects were Niall Howard , Eoin O’Morain (chairman), and Danyal Ibrahim.


Scott Tallon Walker Architects are dedicated to enhancing the healing environment. Our Healthcare Group have unique insights into the healing environments, complemented by expertise in patient and family-centred design and the application of state of the art, high performance and cost effective technologies. If you are interested in our healthcare projects or wish to collaborate with Scott Tallon Walker Architects, we would be delighted to speak with you. Contact Eoin O’Morain (chairman) or Donal Blake (director)

Shire Pharmaceuticals European Headquarters fit-out

The 7000m2 Shire Pharmaceuticals European Headquarters fit-out at STW’s Miesian Plaza is designed to LEED Platinum v4, the highest standard of sustainable design.

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Their new European headquarters, with over 7,000m2 of net lettable accommodation, is located in two buildings on Baggot Street which are part of the Scott Tallon Walker designed Miesian Plaza, a 37,000m2 redevelopment of the former Bank of Ireland headquarters.

STW’s Interior Design Team completed both Category A & B fit out, as well as the procurement of Shire Branding and Compliance design and certification with Building Regulations. Space planning was completed in coordination with PBD (Partners by Design) who procured the furniture package.

The striking fit out is designed to LEED Platinum v4, the highest standard of sustainable design to complement the equally rated shell and core design.
The initial phase of Shire’s offices were officially opened by former Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD and Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD in April 2017. The Miesian Plaza Headquarters is now home to approximately 300 Shire employees.

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Now we really know how big a hole it would take to fill the Albert Hall

One of London’s largest ever excavations has been just completed with the help of Scott Tallon Walker Architects. This involved removing the equivalent of five storeys of earth – 80,000 cubic metres – to prepare the site for a cancer treatment centre at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The hole, dug by excavator McGee to a depth of 28.5m in an area 87m long by 67m wide, is big enough to accommodate the Royal Albert Hall or 640 London buses.

Proton beam therapy is a form of radiotherapy used to treat cancer which can be targeted extremely precisely, causing minimal damage to surrounding tissue. It has been offered overseas to NHS patients who are eligible for treatment in England since 2008 in a programme that has to date supported approximately 1,000 patients.

Together with the Department of Health, NHS England is funding the development of two centres at The Christie in Manchester and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for NHS patients to be treated in the UK. Patients are due to be treated at The Christie from summer next year, with UCLH following in summer 2020. When complete they will each treat up to 750 patients every year.

“This may have been STW’s most challenging brief ever,” says chairman Eoin O’Morain, “removing earth equivalent to 640 London bus loads out of the centre of one the world’s busiest capitals. But the team effort has delivered and we’re looking forward to delivering the project on time and on budget, a core component of our contract.


“We’ve had a practice in London for well over four decades and we’ve recently been voted one of the top 10 healthcare practices in the UK,” he adds. “We’re also working on the remodelling, refurbishment and extension of two iconic buildings within the St Bartholomew’s Hospital site to provide a new cardiac-focused hospital for Nuffield Health.

“The two buildings make up an important classical frontage to Giltspur Street in the heart of City of London. Some of your readers may know the buildings better as a film location for the BBC TV series Sherlock.”

The project team includes:

  • Scott Tallon Walker Architects – architect and lead consultant
  • Campbell Reith – structural, civil, geotechnical and environmental engineering consultant
  • WSP – mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design and the interface with the different contractors.
  • McGee –bulk excavation and main propping of the centre.
  • Fayat Piling – piling and diaphragm wall
  • Reach Active – service diversions and utilities

Dragons at the Docks raising invaluable funds for homelessness in Dublin


Dragons at The Docks is the inaugural fundraiser organised by the Irish Property Industry which aims is to raise invaluable funds to assist in alleviating homelessness in Dublin, whilst offering a perfect opportunity for networking within the property sector. The event was held on the evening of Thursday 31 August 2017 at Grand Canal Dock.

The event consisted of sectorial dragon boat racing, live entertainment, special guests and a BBQ. 60 companies entered a team of 12 competitors each, no experience was necessary and dragon boat racing is suitable for all ages and fitness levels.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects entered the “Built Environment Challenge” category and did us proud.