Aonghus O'Keeffe

Aonghus O’Keeffe

Dublin Port Company
Darmody Architecture


Roughan & O’Donovan acted as civil and structural engineer and PSDP for this complex urban development project involving a major reconfiguration of Dublin Port Company’s facilities at Port Centre.

Many of the structures are formed from weathering steel (COR-TEN), and the resulting rust patina has created a contemporary industrial aesthetic that complements the existing port environment.

The scheme also involved the relocation of an existing car park from the Alexandra Road site boundary to an area south of the Port Centre building bounded by the East Wall Road.



  • Winner of the first prize in the public space category at the RIAI Architecture Awards 2018
  • Winner of a design award at the 2018 Architecture and Building Expo


The project combines an eclectic but complementary mix of industrial heritage, architecture, engineering, landscape and art.  It stands as a testament to client vision, design team skill and construction tenacity.

It includes:

  • 35m high restored 1960s docklands crane
  • 33m long steel footbridge
  • 5m high perforated steel wall
  • 4m diameter polished stainless-steel sphere
  • Eight stately weathering steel turnstiles
  • Bespoke automated gates
  • Landscaped “maritime” garden with seats for reflection and relaxation
  • Reintegration of the port with the city has been achieved in a clever and unambiguous manner by use of the industrial gates that form welcoming walls.

    Judging Panel

    RIAI Architecture Awards 2018


Softening the physical boundaries between the port and city represented our main challenge. We achieved this by combining large, civil structures and fine, architectural detail.

Services provided:

  • Civil engineering design
  • Structural engineering design
  • PSDP

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