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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.

TCD Site

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.

TCD montage
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)

RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted to be associated with the RIAI in the launch of the “RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award” (the former RIAI Travelling Scholarship student award) in memory of Scott Tallon Walker Architects’ three founding partners, Dr. Michael Scott, Dr. Ronald Tallon and Robin Walker.


“The award aims to promote the study of contemporary architecture, encourage and foster architectural excellence among the student body, encourage and facilitate communications between the schools and provide a basis for growing awareness of the architecture in society through exhibitions and publications supported by the RIAI”.

Scott Tallon Walker fully supports the RIAI’s overall aims for the Travelling Scholarship competition and has donated €5,000 as a total annual prize fund. The submissions for this award formed part of an exhibition at the RIAI Annual Conference on the 25th and 26th of November 2016.

The competition was open to final year architecture students in the Island of Ireland. Entrants submitted an A1 collage of hand-drawn sketches, concept ideas, technical investigations, final design solutions, 3-D representations, and photographs of models illustrating their final year work.


Congratulations to the winner Sean Mahon, to Matthew Webb (second place), and to Kate Rushe and Orla O’Donnell (joint highly commended)!

RIAI Scott Tallon Walker Student Excellence Award in Architecture 2016

Scott Tallon Walker at No 7 in the Top 10 Medical & Health Architects in the UK

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted to announce our position at No 7 in the Top Ten Medical & Health Architects in the UK. The latest league table is represented in the latest Edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review which indicates a long term increase in the value of contracts awarded in the Health Sector.


Scott Tallon Walker are currently leading the design of the new Proton Beam Therapy Centre and Cancer Hospital at University College London, and a new Private Patient Unit, for Nuffield Health, at Barts in the City of London. We are also the undertaking the Supervisory role for the new Phase 5 development (Ambulatory Centre for Head & Neck, Ear Nose and Throat services) at UCLH, in addition to other works at Guy’s and St Thomas Hospital and for Alliance Medical Ltd.


Our Healthcare team in London has grown significantly in the last year, and we look to build on this expansion in the coming year .

Keeper’s House and Lodge has been shortlisted in this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards.

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are delighted that Keeper’s House and Lodge has been shortlisted in this year’s World Architecture Festival Awards.


Elevated above a river meander, the site of Keeper House is bounded within a Special Area of Conservation encompassing magnificent mature trees. A Neolithic ring fort to the north east, bears witness to the providence of the land. Views of distant mountains emerge through the trees to the east and south.

The client sought a contemporary design approach to capture the unique characteristics of the site, to include a house and a separate lodge with its own aspect and privacy. The brief proposed a low energy design, maximising visibility, connectivity and enjoyment of the natural habitat as project criteria.

The scheme is set out around a three sided walled garden, gathering vehicles in a sheltered courtyard. The south wall shifts in plane to form a shared plantroom, while also creating privacy between each dwelling. Distant views are screened, to be later revealed when entering the main social space of each house.


Common design elements are applied with subtle variation to each dwelling. Higher ceiling to social spaces, creates a dominant roof plane that floats over courtyard walls to announce entry.

The main house faces south and east, with a central kitchen core that divides the plan into entrance hallway, dining area, study and living space. The lodge faces west; a distilled version of the main house plan.


Internally, the visual dominance of tree foliage through floor to ceiling glass gives seasonal definition. Bedrooms are arranged adjacent to the line of the courtyard wall, each room having direct garden access, with an external fern garden, outside shower and hot tub off the master en-suite. To the south, the connecting wall is planted with trained fruit trees, and forms a backdrop to a pathway which includes viewing platforms, and the river bank below, further harmonising landscape, architecture and occupant.



World Architecture Awards 2016 – House – Completed Buildings

Keeper House

55th Particle Therapy Co-operative Group Conference

Scott Tallon Walker and the project delivery team will be attending the 55th Particle Therapy Co-operative Group Conference and Exhibition in Prague from May 22nd to May 28th. We will be located at stand number 22-24.

Please drop by and visit us:

55th Particle Therapy Co-operative Group Conference

STW are the lead consultant in a team of five corporations working together to deliver the new Proton Beam Therapy unit in London.
The project team consists of STW, Campbell Reith, WSP & CCRD, Harley Haddow and Bouygues UK.

The 34,600 m2 facility is currently under construction in the heart of London at Grafton Way, next to University College of London Hospital, on Tottenham Court Road. When completed, it will offer a world-leading new radiotherapy to patients, which targets tumours more precisely.

Just opened: a new home for clinical research department at UCLH

Scott Tallon Walker Architects are pleased to announce the successful completion of a new purpose built research facility for UCLH. The NIHR UCLH Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is a facility dedicated to experimental medicine and clinical research. CRF have moved from their previous home in the A&E department of the main hospital to the 4th floor of 170 Tottenham Court Road, a 2 minute walk away. The newly remodelled space provides Clinical space, a 9 bedded bay, 7 clinical rooms, 2 single rooms with en-suites, a laboratory, a dispensing pharmacy and working space for specialist clinical and administrative staff.

The facility provides a coordinated infrastructure to support patients and volunteers and help clinical investigators to conduct clinical research safely, efficiently and cost-effectively.

No. 170 Tottenham Court Road was originally designed as an office block so accommodating the services for clinical and research use, and providing an accessible and welcoming department, presented a major challenge for STW and the engineers.

Additional plant room space was required on the floor and part of the basement car park was utilised for storage and changing areas. We worked closely with the users to ensure their furniture and equipment could be accommodated and to build a department that met stringent clinical standards whilst using colours and finishes to enhance the bright friendly atmosphere. The project was constructed to a tight deadline and the client was very happy it was completed on time, to such a high standard.

UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre