New Security Pavilion at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine


Project Team

Construction Director
Paddy Cassidy
Project Manager
Ben Mawhinney
Site Manager
Damien Ryan
Commercial Manager
Amie Bennett
Health and Safety Advisor
Lisa Browne
Design Team
Coyle, Doherty & Company
Lawler Consulting
MCR Consulting Engineers
Mullarkey Pedersen Architects
A&L Electrical Ltd
Coppertech Engineering Ltd
Feral Glazing Ltd
Heaney Brothers Carpentry Ltd
O'Neill General Contractors Ltd
Philipstown Engineering Ltd
The Quinn Downes Group
Shapes and Surfaces
S McConnell & Sons Ltd


McKeon Group are delighted to have recently completed the construction of a security pavilion for the Office of Public Works (OPW) at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine within the Government Buildings in Dublin City Centre.

The project involved the construction of a new, modern security pavilion within a secure environment. As the appointed Main Contractor and Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS), McKeon Group undertook this endeavour with the utmost care and professionalism.

The Task

The Department of Agriculture, Food, and the Marine wanted to enhance its administrative facilities by constructing a new, state-of-the-art security pavilion. They sought to replace the existing, ageing pavilion with a structure that would better align with the Department's needs for heightened security, improved functionality and a sustainable approach to energy efficiency.

The new pavilion, situated alongside three protected structures within the Government Buildings, needed to blend harmoniously with the existing surroundings. The Department wanted a design that was not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing and respectful of the location's historical context.

Given the Government Buildings' 24/7 operational status, the construction of the new pavilion needed not to disrupt ongoing activities. Our team understood from the outset that the Department required a solution that allowed for a seamless transition from the old to the new pavilion without compromising its daily operations.

The Solution

To meet the Department's multifaceted needs, our team devised a comprehensive solution that addressed the various challenges while ensuring the successful construction of the new security pavilion.

Working as Main Contractor and PSCS, McKeon Group led the project across three distinct phases. These phases involved the establishment of a secure temporary office, the demolition of the old pavilion, and the construction of the new facility, all while overseeing landscaping works. This careful planning ensured that the new security pavilion met the Department's intricate security requirements and aligned with its functional needs.

Workshops were conducted with specialist subcontractors to plan, coordinate and communicate throughout the project's lifecycle. The pavilion's design was carefully crafted by the design team to meet modern security standards, involving detailed coordination of design elements and advanced Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) services.

Our team was dedicated to minimising disruptions to the Government Buildings' daily operations throughout the project. Phased works allowed for the seamless transition of security staff to the new pavilion.

Commitment to Sustainable Practices

As always, our team brought McKeon Group's commitment to sustainability to each aspect of this project.

The security pavilion's walls and roof were constructed from timber, which was chosen for its energy-efficient properties. High-quality insulation and a state-of-the-art HVAC system enhance the structure's energy efficiency. At the same time, strategic glazing maximises natural light within the pavilion, reducing the need for artificial lighting and heating.

The Results

The results of this project are a testament to the successful collaboration between the design team and McKeon Group, culminating in creating a modern, secure and energy-efficient security pavilion within the Government Buildings.

The security pavilion not only meets stringent security requirements but also enhances operational functionality, all while showcasing a commitment to sustainability.

Nestled within the historical Government Buildings, our team, alongside the design team, worked tirelessly to ensure that the new security pavilion's design was respectful of its surroundings. McKeon Group incorporated materials and finishes that complement the existing environment, creating a seamless blend of modern functionality and historical aesthetics.

Overall, the successful completion of the project not only met the OPW's objectives for the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine but also exceeded expectations in creating a secure, functional, and sustainable workspace.

McKeon Group

With over 70 years of experience in the construction industry, McKeon Group has completed projects for public and private clients in sectors including commercial, retail, education, and many more.

If you are considering a construction project, contact us today.

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