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University College Dublin


Kavanagh Tuite Architects


Dublin, Ireland

Designed for UCD Property Services, the new six storey residential student block was built to accommodate 134 additional bed spaces and form the second stage of the University’s Belfield Campus expansion. Combining fine architectural design and high performance construction – the new building incorporated sustainable building standards to ‘design-out’ thermal bridging and air-tightness problems.

Architectural Highlights
The project designed by Kavanagh Tuite Architects won Best Sustainable Project at the prestigious Irish Architecture Awards 2011

dormakaba’s contribution to the project
To complete the highly efficient thermal envelope, the student rooms utilised Passivhaus-certified triple-glazed windows whilst dormakaba ED 200 automatic door operators were installed on all of the external doorways.

With fire safety a prerequisite in student accommodation, the ED 200 also offers a unique package of safety, security and interfacing features so that when a fire alarm is activated, or the power is cut, the closer will revert from automatic to manual operation with a hydraulically dampened spring close action.

For additional security, all of the external doors were complemented with the installation of dormakaba SVP automatic-action locks. Locking immediately on the door’s closure, the dormakaba SVP offers a two-point locking system as the deadbolt is automatically activated and the clawbolt latch engaged at the same time.

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