Kevin Street Garda Station, Dublin is the Divisional Headquarters for An Garda Síochána in the south inner city. It was designed by the OPW as a civic quality building responding to the specific site context and its historic surroundings.
This impressively engineered building extends to 6,840m² of office space with a 5,400m² double basement. It cantilevers 5 storeys over Bride Street and has a 6-storey glazed internal atrium.
JJ Rhatigan’s construction management excellence is showcased in this landmark project through both the scale and complexity of the build and the quality of materials and craftsmanship. One of the most impressive architectural and structural elements is a spectacular curved and cantilevered granite stair, spanning the full height of the atrium. Another extensive element of the construction is the joinery detail, 8,630 linear meters of solid ash was used in the atrium fittings and louvre framework and the oak brise soleil feature runs the length of the curved corridors on all floor levels.
The finished development achieved 100% site coverage and JJ Rhatigan were required to manage resources and space accordingly along with the restricted site access at a major city centre junction. From the start of the project a meticulous approach to Traffic Management and Logistics was key to all aspects of our site operations. Many elements of the build had significant procurement lead in times (e.g. curtain walling, steel, cladding), given the restricted space for storage, we had to operate on a just-in-time delivery to the site.
Benefiting hugely from a close collaboration between JJ Rhatigan and the OPW the final result provides a great example of cutting-edge architecture, engineering design and construction excellence which is a great addition to the south inner city.
Kevin Street Garda Headquarters replaces the existing station, formerly known as St. Sepulchre’s Palace. The contrast couldn’t be greater between the old station and the new Garda facility, truly a building for the 21st century.