Feasibility & Viability Studies
KMD Architecture provide front-end design studies including evaluation matrices, site-suitability assessments, yield analysis as well as commercial viability desktop studies.
3D Visualisations, Graphics & Animations
We offer photo-real CGI imagery, 3D modelling and animation as well as context modelling.
RIBA Plan of Work; Eight Stages:
Strategic Definition, Preparation and Brief, Concept Design, Developed Design, Technical Design, Construction, Handover and Close-Out, In Use.
KMD prides itself on strategic, urban and contextual planning, with a unique insight into integrated campus and place making design.
Our Architects emphasize co-ordination with the Design team, contract/construction management, from inception to completion.
KMD offer space planning as well as fit-out servicing for commercial and retail; Category A (landlord) and B (tenant).
KMD boasts extensive experience in the area of refurbishment and upgrade to retail and commercial developments.
Sustainability is central to the overall KMD model. All of our design work seeks to reduce and mitigate environmental impact, life cycle cost and carbon footprint. KMD were the first practice in Ireland to employ hybrid (active and passive) building services in a speculative commercial building project (Riverside 2). Furthermore, our experience on LEED- and BREEAM-rated projects has depended on our acumen for:
- The sourcing and use of renewable materials.
Innovative design, active and passive building envelopes (highly insulated, naturally vented, convection cooled cladding and rain screen, active wall convection systems, brise soliel screening etc).
The utilization of passive building services (natural ventilation, thermal mass cooling, phase change materials, trickle ventilation).
The utilization/integration of renewable energy sources (solar panels, photovoltaics, heat exchangers etc).
Ensuring the highest energy efficiency in cases where mechanical systems are unavoidable.
In addition to the planning process, many building projects demand that certain statutory and legal requirements be adhered to, all of which fall under the responsibility of the owner/client.
Fire Safety certificate.
Disability Access certificate.
PSDP (Project Supervisor Design Process). This can be provided through Irish Project Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of KMD Architecture.
Registration of BER (Building Energy Rating).
Compliance with Building Regulation BC(A)R, a legislation which requires an owner to appoint the following:
- Required to certify the design as compliant to the Building Control Authorities.
Required to complete a comprehensive set of inspections and certification documentation during construction. This documentation must be digitally submitted to the Building Control Management System (BCMS) of the relevant local authority before a building can be registered as complete and legally occupied.
KMD Architecture can offer the above as additional services, depending on project scale and complexity or, alternatively, appoint and manage a third party specialist consultant(s) on behalf of the owner/client.
Health & Safety
Irish Project Supervisors Limited
Health & Safety is a major consideration in all aspects of building, design and construction. The Safety, Health & Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations require the appointment of a Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) at commencement of building design.
Irish Project Supervisors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of KMD Architecture, was set up in 1996 in response to this requirement and has evolved with changing legislation in providing PSDP services.
The company is headed up by David Baker, a former Associate Director of KMD Architecture.
Irish Project Supervisors Limited has fulfilled the role of PSDP for major construction projects with values in excess of €60m including George’s Quay Plaza development and the Charlemont Regeneration Project as well as numerous school buildings.