Case Studies

Case Study: New Clubhouse, Balbriggan Rugby Club



Fingal Planning Consultants were engaged by Balbriggan Rugby Club to design & project manage their new clubhouse. Fingal Planning Consultants obtained planning permission, fire cert & disability cert & were Assigned Certifiers & PSDP for the project.


Our clients required a modern, energy efficient clubhouse for their adult & underage teams. We provided 4 changing rooms & showers, a meeting room, a kitchen & a members room. We achieved an energy rating of B1, in accordance with Building Regulations for commercial buildings.

Case Study: Extension & Renovation of existing house, Malahide, Co. Dublin



FPC were brought on board to this project as project managers after planning permission was obtained. We prepared the tender documents, appointed the builder and supervised the construction on site.


The project involved completely remodelling the inside of the house, extending to the rear and modernising the elevations. The existing house was insulated, re-wired, re-plumbed & new windows, stairs and kitchen installed. The works resulted in a new energy rating of B2.


This property featured in the Irish Times on the 16th of April 2020.

Case Study: Energy Efficient Bungalow, North County Dublin



This project fell under Fingal County Council’s Rural Housing Policy that restricts the people who qualify for a new house in the countryside.


It can be challenging to comply with this policy & this proposal was refused twice, persistence & a comprehensive & detailed planning application meant planning permission was granted at the third time of asking. Moral of the story - never give up!



Our client required a low maintenance, highly efficient house. We used timber frame construction with high levels of insulation, good air tightness, air source heat pump for space & water heating & a Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) system. This resulted in a A2 energy rating with low energy bills.

Case Study: Deep Retrofit, North County Dublin



This project was to extend, renovate & modernise a bungalow, within an Architectural Conservation Area (ACA), & to provide a modern energy efficient family home. This project was changeling because it is a terrace house with limited access within an ACA & the involvement of the local Heritage Officer was critical to the overall success of the project.



This project involved the extension of the existing bungalow to the rear & a dormer extension overhead. To get the energy efficiency required we replaced the existing ground floor, insulated the existing walls, replaced the windows, replaced the heating system & provided solar panels. This resulted in an improved energy rating from a F3 to a B1.

Case Study: Rural House, North County Dublin



This project is typical of the type of commission carried out by FPC. Our client wished to utilise a plot of land in the family ownership. This project was covered under the Local Authority’s Rural Housing Policy.



We were required to provide our client with a modern family home. A space and energy conscious design has produced layouts which maximise the space available, thus resulting in clean and modern interiors with limited energy bills.

We have been involved from concept design and planning stages through to construction phase and site supervision. We relied on our years of experience designing rural dwellings to guide this project through the planning process.

This dwelling has provided a large ergonomically designed kitchen / family room which is both functional as well as a pleasant living area for entertaining.

Case Study:  Extended Stone Cottage, North County Dublin



This project involved the major extension and internal reorganisation to a typical stone cottage to provide a modern home.



Our brief was to renovate and extend the existing cottage with all the convenience of a modern dwelling but respecting the scale and fabric of the existing dwelling. The existing dwelling was striped back to the original walls, removing the existing floors and both that and the new extension were built to the highest standards. The finished house harmonised the character of the existing dwelling with modern living accommodation.

The works involved insulating the existing floors, walls and roof, a new single storey extension to the rear, restoration the front elevation, re-pointing of the existing stonework & the re-use of stone from existing buildings on site.

Case Study:  Light Industrial Unit, Stephenstown Business Park



This project involved the construction of a high bay manufacturing unit with 2 storey showrooms and offices to the front, with floor area of 1,855m2 (20,000ft2) complete with all associated site works. The client had outgrown their existing premises and required a dedicated purpose built facility to expand their business.



We took the brief and liaised with both the client and the Local Authority to achieve the optimum solution. The resulting design is a modern, curved roof building with large glazing to the front elevation. The manufacturing area is over 1,500m2 (16,000ft2) and enables the client to bring their entire manufacturing under one roof, providing them with improved efficiencies.

Our involvement consisted of initial concept design, planning, fire cert and construction phases, as well as complete project management, including site supervision.

Category: Architecture & Building  Designer

  • General Planning Advice

  • Full architectural design service

  • Preparation of planning applications

  • nZEB Design

  • Assigned Certifier

  • Design Certifier

  • Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)

  • Planning Appeals to An Bord Pleanala

  • Upload to the Building Control Management System (BCMS)

  • Fire Safety Certificate Applications

  • Disability Access Certificates

  • Tender Drawings

  • Working Drawings & Specifications

  • Project Management

  • Land Registry Mapping

  • Stage Payment Certificates

  • Certificates of Compliance

  • Certificates of Exemption

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