Senior Architect Alison Haigh speaks in Dublin about designing tall buildings

Senior Architect Alison Haigh has spoken at the Dublin launch of a new report, to which she has contributed, entitled “Building Taller in Ireland”.

The roundtable event, organised by international construction consultancy firm Linesight, took place at the Davenport Hotel in Dublin on 3 October, and brought together experts and developers from across the Irish construction industry. A number of short presentations from industry experts was followed by a lively panel discussion and Q&A session. Linesight has been involved in up to 70% of high-rise developments in Ireland in recent years.

Alison spoke about key design considerations when building taller, expanding on themes she discussed in her Insight paper on the topic with an emphasis on their relevance specifically for the Irish property market. With a change in emphasis in planning policy in Ireland, and a need to accommodate an influx of firms seeking an Anglophone base within the EU after Brexit, it is anticipated that cities such as Dublin and Cork will require denser, high-rise developments in the coming years.

Both the UK and the Republic of Ireland also need a wide mix of building types to solve the housing crisis which exists in both countries, and tall buildings will undoubtedly play an increasingly prominent role in the growth of key cities.

Our experience in designing and delivering tall buildings coupled with our expertise in the modular construction and Build-to-Rent sectors makes Chapman Taylor well placed to meet this challenge.

Alison Haigh (BArch, ARB)

Senior Architect, Manchester,

Alison has 20 years’ experience specialising predominantly in the residential sector. She has led multi-disciplinary teams on all stages in the design and development of housing for registered social landlords, private developers, housebuilders and local authorities.

She has worked on large-scale masterplans, housing for the elderly, community-based regeneration projects, high-density housing in central London and post-planning construction projects for contractors.

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