Careys Building & Civil Engineering worked on the first IKEA store in the Republic which involved the construction of the country’s largest shop floor. The store was constructed adjacent to Junction 4 on the M50 in Ballymun and is approximately 90,000m2.
Our contract entailed the construction of all groundworks including the reinforced concrete (RC) foundations, earthworks, enabling works, drainage and services, the installation of attenuation tanks, and the construction of substations, floor slabs, external hard and soft landscaping, carparks and roads to this new IKEA store.
Careys worked with the IKEA design team to deliver sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by the client team. The store site was constructed on the footprint of the Crushing facility which recycled much of the concrete arising from the demolition of the Ballymun flats. Recycled concrete material was stockpiled and processed to form a capping layer on site. During excavation to formation level, a large section of the site had an insufficient CBR at the proposed formation level. Careys undertook lime soil stabilisation works using our specialist supply chain to increase the CBR of the existing formation level, ensuring the desired CBR could be achieved, while retaining soil on site as opposed to sending it to landfill.
Careys carried out the civil engineering works for the geothermal heating. A large attenuation system was constructed in the paved car park using permeable paving as part of the SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) scheme for the site.
Careys also played a key part in the implementation of the traffic management plan for the store opening, both on site and offsite on the St. Margarets Road schemes which were opened to coincide with the store opening.