Dundrum Cinema – Dundrum Town Centre

This project involved the construction of a 12-screen (8,500m2) cinema, catering for 2,209 persons as part of the Dundrum Town Centre development. In general, the structure comprised metal decking flooring and structural steel frame with RC basement walls, up to 8m high and 1m thick.

A 1500mm dia culvert overflow pipe was routed underneath the building’s foundations. Large transfer structures incorporating 2-storey deep transfer trusses were required at Level 1 to accommodate the cinema grid below.

Originally, the six-storey (24m) high twin lift core was to be constructed in RC. However, due to time constraints and architectural requirements, this was changed to Corus (now Tata Steel) Bi-Steel panels resulting in the world’s first modular composite lift core.


Crossridge Investments Ltd.

Start/End Date:

2000 – September 2005

Contract Value:

€ 25M


Structural & Civil Engineers

Key Features:

  • World’s first modular composite lift core construction delivered within budget and within programme
  • Construction programme reduced from 8 weeks to 8 days
  • Core wall thickness reduced to 216mm
  • Transfer of design data between T. J. O’Connor & Associates, the manufacturer of the Bi-steel panels and the main contractor through RAM structural analysis package to develop Bi-Steel solution
  • Deep basement construction required design of basement slab for anti-floatation
  • Large transfer structures required at Level 1 to accommodate cinema grid below
  • RC basement walls up to 8m high and 1m thick
  • 1500mm dia concrete overflow pipe routed under foundations

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