Client: University College, Dublin
Architect: Fitzgerald Kavanagh
Description: This project comprised the refurbishment and fit-out of the upper floor restaurant of the Gerard Manley Hopkins Centre (1,200sq.m) to provide a high quality contemporary international foodcourt type restaurant and refurbishment of the existing commercial kitchen. (Contract GCCC). The Gerard Manley Hopkins centre is located in the heart of the UCD student campus. The building remained fully live with the ground floor occupied during the course of the fit-out works. The occupants of the ground floor which houses a canteen and administrative offices shared the same entrance. In order to complete Mechanical and Electrical installations access had to be gained from the floor below the Food Court. This access was co-ordinated on a daily basis between Mythen’s site management and UCD’s building officers, to ensure there was no disruption to the building occupants. Most of this work was done out of hours and over the Christmas holidays.
The refurbishment of the existing commercial kitchen included moving existing kitchen and catering equipment, stripping out asbestos ceiling tiles and grid, hygienic wall cladding and epoxy floor, and installing new ceilings, hygienic walls, wiring, new floor finishes, floor drains refurbishing windows, epoxy flooring and installation of new fly screens then reinstating catering equipment. The floor drains had to be cored into an existing pre-tensioned slab, which had to be carefully co-ordinated with the building engineer.