Ikea Dublin

Careys worked on the first IKEA store in the Republic of Ireland which involved the construction of the country’s largest shop floor, 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 landscaping, carparks and roads.





Principal Contractor


We worked closely 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.

Soil stabilisation works allow soil to be retained onsite instead of sending to landfill

Our team 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.

Additional works included 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.

We 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.

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