Careys Building & Civil Engineering carried out works on a new IKEA store at Holywood Exchange, Belfast. The store was the first in Northern Ireland, serving both Northern Ireland and the Republic until the IKEA Dublin store was opened.

Our team was awarded contracts for both enabling works and groundworks, and faced multiple challenges including the presence of Japanese knotweed on site, which was removed by a specialist supply chain contractor. 

Working adjacent to the George Best Belfast City Airport, our dust mitigation measures were essential to preventing disruption to airport operations during works.

Our team undertook groundworks up to and including the floor slabs, along with pad foundations and in-situ reinforced concrete (RC) ground beams. To enable excavation works, we undertook site clearance of old building and debris, preparing the site for development. Once completed, we began installation of piling mats, services, drainage, petrol interceptors, retaining walls and hard landscaping.

We worked with our local supply chain to value engineer the store floor slab with the client design team by installing a fibremesh slab, which resulted in a significant cost saving from a traditional RC slab with mesh.

Our team undertook further packages including roadworks to the IKEA store, and structural concrete topping to the precast concrete floor beams.

Location
Northern Ireland
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