The Cedar Brook has been proven to be one of Dublin‘s most successful developments. The recent galvanizing coating thickness readings indicate that the galvanized steelwork will probably exceed a 50-year maintenance-free performance.
The Cedar Brook, a joint venture by Park Developments, John Sisk & Son, and Dublin City Council, was aimed at providing housing on a fast-track basis using new construction methods. O’Mahony Pike Architects designed Cedar Brook as no conventional housing estate. What was produced, has been proven to be one of Dublin‘s most successful developments, offering spacious, bright, high quality, and affordable housing in an attractive environment.
A number of different products were chosen for this project. Amongst these, the choice of hot-dip galvanized steel throughout the development stands out as a very significant feature of this innovative thinking.
One of the advantages of galvanizing is the speed at which it can be processed – in a factory-controlled environment – ensuring the steel arrives on site complete and ready for erection with no further finishing required. Another important design criteria for the project was creating housing that would be there for the long term without incurring unnecessary maintenance costs.
A recent visit to Cedar Brook proves the veracity of the decisions made by the design team in 2003. Some of the lighter box section steel, still show a minimum of a 60 μm coating, while the main frames forming the staircases show minimum coating thicknesses of over 100 μm. This indicates that the steelwork will probably exceed a 50-year maintenance-free performance.
- Cedar Brook, Dublin
- Year: 2003
- O’Mahony Pike Architects
- John Sisk and Sons