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Client: Pat O’Brien
Value: Greater than €0.5 million
Involvement: Hydrology, Civil & Structural design and certification.
Design team: Aislinn Nic Dhomhnaill

A family property that lay vacant for decades and fell into disrepair.  Working with an architect within the family, the property was transformed into a modern bungalow that retained the classic Irish cottage feel and layout.


Due to its proximity to a significant river and tributary there were concerns regarding potential flooding, not only of the property but also of the access routes to the general area.


Hutch O’Malley McBeath surveyed the localised topology and gathered GIS data for the broader catchment.  From this detail statistical hydrograph generation and 2D flow modeling was undertaken.  Clear risk identification and evaluation enabled a considered response to the concerns.


A sequential approach to the flood risk assessment provided clarity to the family at every step of the process.  Hutch O’Malley McBeath re-digitised the 2D architectural drawing in 3D BIM in order to refine details prior to construction.  By re-using and rejuvenating adjacent sheds through the introduction of additional structural support the client gained a storage and plant room.