Transforming Dublin City

One of the most complex and significant projects to have been undertaken in Ireland for several years, the Luas Cross City has completely transformed Dublin’s transport system.

Running along 13 stops over 5.9km, the linking up of the Luas Red and Green Lines cost 4.5million to build and was delivered on schedule. With the largest granite supply contract in the history of the Irish State specified for the project, materials of the highest grade were a necessity for the build. The stone utilised on the project was specified by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and was chosen to satisfy the requirements of the local heritage encountered throughout the length of the scheme. Materials were approved over a six-month period to ensure the stone blended in with the surrounding environment.

Stonepave, a part of the outHaus Group, provided the huge and varied amount of stone that was required for Luas Cross City. Over 2,000 containers were shipped into outHaus over a two-month period, a contract that included 5,000sqm of Spanish Azul Platino granite in a mix of paving and carriageway setts. This particular material was chosen for its similarity to the existing Azul Platino which was supplied through the same source about 10 years previously. Praised by TII as ‘a perfect match’, the new granite blends seamlessly with the existing material and proved an excellent choice.

Stonepave sourced 20 stone types from over 10 continents, from China North and South, India, Portugal, Spain, Finland and Ireland (Irish Granite). The contract included 1,200 linear metres of Azul Platino kerbs, 9,000sqm of European 120mm deep Mid Grey cropped carriageway setts and Eagle Red and Rosa Porihno granite paving’s and tactiles. Approximately 16,000sqm of 65mm silver granite flags were also supplied by Stonepave, along with 5,000 linear metres of oversized roadside kerbs and black granite tactile paving’s, to mention just a few.

As the project had very low storage capabilities, orders were despatched daily to ensure it stayed on track with as many as 10 deliveries across a multitude of stops taking place per day. All materials were of loaded, stored and distributed in as little as one tonne consignments by Stonepave.

Installation of some Portuguese carriageway setts were also undertaken by the company. An extremely logistically challenging project, Stonepave proved why it’s the go-to provider of hard landscaping solutions to local authority, commercial and domestic markets across the globe.

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