Economic Knowledge

There is a market-led focus to O'Mahony Pike Architects' work which is informed by our long term relationships with leading developers in both the residential and office sectors.

We have an inquisitive and analytical approach to design, and enjoy interrogating and challenging every aspect of a project, which fosters innovation and adds value, delivering commercially viable schemes.  In a constantly changing statutory and regulatory context, this approach enables us to adapt and lead rather than follow. It allows us to absorb and capitalise on new design standards delivering early advantages to our clients. Our strong track record in off-site construction also brings added speed and quality to the delivery of projects.

Our built work is testimony to the added value that we bring to our clients projects – the premium that many of our schemes carry on sale, lease and re-sale is proof positive of that value.

Places to Live

O'Mahony Pike Architects have extensive experience in residential design, for both the private and public sectors, in rural, urban and suburban contexts.  Our work in this area covers a wide range of housing typologies at low, medium and high densities, ranging in scale from single houses to complete urban blocks. Central to our focus is the ambition to create places where people will enjoy living in their homes, and also feel part of a community that enriches its context.

The issue of density is key to the successful and sustainable development of our settlements. We have a strong understanding of the various factors that affect the density of a development, which enables us to develop site strategies that are both appropriate to a sites' statutory and physical context, and our clients' brief.

Whether the project is large or small, our approach to design commences with analysis of the projects’ economic, physical and statutory context. This analytical methodology fosters innovation, which has led to our development of a number of housing models, designed in response to specific criteria, which have become industry benchmarks.

These benchmark projects include the development of a medium density housing model for Dublin, a dual-aspect apartment model for the London market based on the London Housing Design Guide standards, and consultation with NAMA and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government on on both the 2015 and 2018 Design Standards for New Apartments. As the economic context for housing continues to evolve, we are developing quality housing models for the build to let market, student housing, and shared living environments.

O’Mahony Pike Architects are actively involved in the promotion and development of the housing sector, and are represented on the RIAI Housing Committee, the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government / RIAI Joint Housing Committee, the Urban Design Forum, IBEC and Property Industry Ireland BC(A)R, Technical and Construction Issues committees and the CIC Ireland Housing Advisory Group.

Places to Work

Through our experience on projects such as Montevetro and Capital Dock, O'Mahony Pike Architects have developed a strong understanding of working environments and office design requirements. This includes current and developing trends in ways of working; gross:net efficiencies, flexibility of horizontal and vertical organisation, and sustainable office design, enabling us to deliver LEED and BREEAM rated buildings.

Placemaking plays a significant part of the design process for us, and through our experience on mixed use projects we have a proven ability to create attractive, vibrant, contextually sensitive designs, all the necessary qualities needed to generate successful working environments. This is key not only for the individual users' experience, but it also plays an integral part in attracting major tenants and developing prosperous long-term office quarters.

To that end, we work closely with our clients and their  agents to deliver commercial developments that are tailored to current market needs. This has given us a thorough knowledge of the impact of leasing and letting arrangements, and the importance of brand and identity on office design and successful commercial projects.

Urban Design

We have experience in multi-disciplinary plan and placemaking at all scales from city extensions and district regeneration proposals to townscape studies, area action plans and urban infill projects. Informed by the pioneering work of our founding partners on some of the first local authority Development Plans and Action Area Plans, O’Mahony Pike Architects has made urban design and masterplanning central to our practice.

Our work is not just about buildings, it’s also about places: how to make them and how to connect them. Through the design and delivery of buildings within our own masterplans and urban design frameworks, we have developed a deep understanding of the value and the quality of the places where we live and work, and how to create new spaces that are enduring, practical and sustainable, with the flexibility to accommodate change. A collaborative process, with strong team work and clear communication are central to successful urban design projects.

For us, good urban design is led by context. We start with the space a new use will occupy, and work out how best to occupy that space in a way that is good for the user, and in a way that makes it a good neighbour to existing places and activities. Over the years we’ve worked closely with local authorities, local communities and our clients at all scales of plan making to create places with real character and real life. Our services range from site analysis and appraisal to architectural design, masterplanning and urban design. In all our work, we test our principles against that experience.

BIM

BIM, or Building Information Modeling, is fundamentally about creating coordinated, accurate and clear information, and managing it effectively. Virtual Design Construction (VDC) is a by-product of BIM-enabling software which enables us to prototype our designs using real world data to test performance, appearance and any other measurable project values using accurate models, prior to their realisation on site.

By employing the latest BIM technologies into our standard operating procedures, we can collaborate with other design consultants and demonstrate our design intent to our clients in a transparent and exciting manner. We have been using Revit to create data-rich Architectural models since 2013 and are currently implementing our office protocols to establish practice-wide BIM usage as standard.

We regularly support our design team partners and contractors on their BIM implementation journeys. Our Practice BIM Manager is a member of the RIAI Practice Subcommittee I – Building Information Modeling. Industry involvements like these, coupled with lessons learned through the application of standards and processes on live projects thus far, permit us to consider ourselves at the forefront of BIM implementation in Ireland.

We produce, manage and share our project information in compliance with contemporary industry standards for collaborative information exchange, enabling us to work on any project requiring specific information, and seamlessly exchange information with collaborators who have adopted the same.

Visualisation

Our skilled team within the Visualisation Department are experts in the field of virtual reality, animation, augmented reality and architectural visualisation. This allows us to provide our clients with a clarity of intent from concept to construction and marketing.

A clear visual description of each project not only improves communication between us and our clients, but also between clients and potential buyers. With 90% of all prospective buyers beginning their real estate search online, it is crucial to make a good first impression. Many of the visualisation services we provide are custom-made specifically for the residential and office markets, perfected by years of experience and practice.

With the power of VR Virtual Reality technology, we are able to create truly immersive experiences. Our 360° CGI content, paired with compatible VR headsets opens up a whole new world of visual content. With Wonder Vision VR, concepts can be brought to life and stunning visual experiences created that capture your ideas and intentions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Delivery

We take pride in our ability to skilfully manage the construction stage of complex projects through an efficient, co-ordinated delivery process, within ambitious programmes. Our people are key to this process: we retain the same project lead between the planning and construction stages, ensuring continuity of vision and knowledge.

Our knowledge of a wide range of construction techniques allows us to adapt our designs to respond to particular project pressures, such as programme, and the availability of materials and labour. We have a strong history in the use of prefabricated systems and technologies, which can benefit both the quality of the built project and the programme.

We are proactive and progressive in our use of systems and technology to effectively manage the building process, and have rigorous drawing, coordination and inspection regimes, which are beneficial to both the design team and the client in terms of programme, budget and effective use of resources.

We work hard to stay at the forefront of the construction industry in relation to regulations, technology and materials, and ensure that this knowledge is spread across all team members. We have a great record for retaining staff, and their wealth of experience allows us to consistently meet and exceed our clients expectations on programme, budget and quality.

We are comfortable working in both the design and build environment, and with traditional construction contracts, and can fulfil the roles of design coordinator, design certifier and contract administrator.

Sustainability

O’Mahony Pike Architects have a strong and constantly evolving commitment to sustainability, which is reflected in the influence of environmental concerns on oururban design and masterplanning projects as well as the integration of active and passive measures in building and fabric design.

At masterplanning level, sustainability encompasses habitat, occupation and movement for current and future generations. Sustainable movement patterns, quality public realm and consolidation of our settlements encourage healthy, socially inclusive and, ultimately, resilient communities.

At building level, the practice has led the way in rational and efficient building organisation and innovative construction methods for more than forty years. Herbert Park pioneered demolition recycling, employing a crushing plant on site to convert an old bakery building into hard-core fill for the site works. It was also the site for one of the first CHP plants in Ireland, and GRC panels were used extensively here for the first time on a residential development.

O'Mahony Pike Architects have successfully pioneered the use of off-site construction systems, which reduce waste and emissions and impact positively on project programme and cost. The Cedarbrook housing development was constructed using an innovative and efficient pre-cast concrete system, showcasing the benefits of this type of building technology, offering spacious, bright, high quality and affordable housing in a very attractive environment.

We also have an excellent understanding of green building rating tools such as LEED and BREAM, as demonstrated by our recent flagship projects:  Capital Dock is designed to LEED Gold standard, D4 is designed to achieve a BER rating of ‘A’ and a BREAM standard of ‘Excellent’, and Montevetro achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.

National and Local Policies

O’Mahony Pike Architects has a strong history of working closely with local authorities and state bodies in the preparation of best practice design policy at national and local level, and this work has been recognised by both industry awards and our involvement in key policy issues.

Following the introduction of the 1963 Local Government Development and Planning Act, our Directors were responsible for some of the first local authority Development Plans and Action Area Plans undertaken in Ireland, beginning with the Action Area Plan for the Mahon Peninsula in Cork City in 1970 and continuing through the 1980’s to result in statutory plans in more than twenty counties. This commitment to policy engagement continued following the inception of O’Mahony Pike Architects and has evolved with the practice.

In 1998, we collaborated with McCormack Jamieson Pritchard Architects to produce the Ballymun Regeneration Masterplan. Our experience of building out three of the neighbourhoods of this plan informed subsequent work such as the development of Ireland’s first Strategic Development Zone (SDZ) at Adamstown with South Dublin County Council in 2003, itself the product of an Action Area Plan and Local Area Plan previously prepared by O’Mahony Pike Architects.

These two major projects helped to usher in a new level of sophistication in statutory and non-statutory approaches to component masterplanning, sustainable phasing strategies, and placemaking guidance which we employed in further projects such as the Kilkenny City Centre and Western Environs Local Area Plans for Kilkenny City and County Councils, and the North Drogheda Environs Local Area Plan for Louth County Council. 

Since then, we have continued to push design upstream into policy in our work, which includes national policy documents such as the Sustainable Residential Development in Urban Areas (2009) and the Urban Design Manual (2008) for the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government, and the Moyross Physical and Social Regeneration Masterplan for the Limerick Northside Regeneration Agency.

Awards

  • Clancy Quay
    • RIAI Architecture Award for Housing 2018
  • Mount Saint Anne's
    • Building of the Year Award 2002
    • Silver Medal 2002
    • Regional Best Housing Award 2003
    • Design Award 2004
  • Thornwood
    • Opus Architecture & Construction Award 2007
  • Adamstown SDZ Masterplan
    • Irish Planning Institute Town Planning Excellence Award 2005
    • European Council of Spatial Planning Urban Design Excellence 2005
  • Hanover Quay
    • Best Residential Development 2004
    • Best Housing Award 2007
    • Silver Medal for Housing 2009
  • Kilkenny City Centre LAP
    • LAMA Awards “Best Professional Consultancy Practice" 2007
  • Kilkenny Western Environs LAP
    • LAMA Awards “Best Professional Consultancy Practice" 2007
  • Cedarbrook
    • Irish Concrete Society Design Award 2003
    • National Home Builder Design Award 2004
    • RIAI Silver Medal Finalist 2004
  • 150 Howth Road
    • Building of the Year Award 2001
    • Best Regional Housing Award 2002
    • National Home Builder Design Award 2004
  • Herbert Park
    • I.P.I. Urban Design Award 1998
    • Irish Planning Institute Award 1999
    • Highly commended RIAI Silver Medal for Housing 2002
  • Ballymun Regeneration Masterplan
    • IPI Planning Excellence Award 2000