Survey Package for Northern Quarter Regeneration Project, Dublin

Survey Package for Northern Quarter Regeneration Project, Dublin

About This Project

The Northern Quarter was an €800 million regeneration project aimed at redeveloping the heart of Dublin city centre for the 21st century. The Northern Quarter includes buildings and facilities of mixed use, including 50 retail units, 12 café/restaurants, a four star 150 bedroom hotel and 120 apartments.
Arnotts is the largest department store in Ireland, and it is ranked among the top five department stores in Europe alongside other stores such as Harrods and Selfridges. Arnotts contracted Murphy Surveys to complete a 5.2 hectare topographic survey and a 1.8 hectare measured building survey, in preparation for the Northern Quarter project.
A survey package was delivered to meet the client’s requirements, which included:


  • Floor plans for 25 three-to-seven-storey buildings – a total of 18,000 m sq.
  • Roof plans.
  • Site control with GPS and Total Stations.
  • Control Stations at street level and on secure rooftop locations.
  • Datum Control carried through the control points using a digital level.
  • Planning and traffic management to overcome the obstacle of one linear kilometre of congested traffic flow and pedestrianised areas.
  • Site sections generated using information gathered.
  • Ten sections of up to 140m in length generated.
  • Contextual elevations used for planning purposes and due to the scale of the project.
  • 3D Modelling of the environs and shadow-casting analysis required for impact assessment.
  • High-level detailed recording required where proposed re-development might impact on the fabric of buildings of cultural/historical value.
  • Rectified photography allowed the extraction of detailed line work to enhance the existing façade survey.
  • Intricate detail of original internal features (architraves, cornices, moldings, etc.) to produce highly detailed sections.



Survey Type

3D Laser Scanning
3D Modelling
Facades & Elevations
Measured Building
Rectified Photography
Site Control
Shadow Casting Analysis


Commercial Properties


5.2 Hectare topographic and 1.8 hectare measured building


Case Studies, Laser Scanning & BIM, Surveying & UAV
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