Glass Bottle

Project Name

Glass Bottle


RGRE & Lioncor




Sandymount Strand, Dublin 4

Main Contractor:

John Sisk & Sons

Contract Period:

November 2023 – December 2024

Glass Bottle is a completely new city quarter development. Its creation will transform the former 37-acre Irish Glass Bottle site into a new sustainable urban neighborhood with over 3,800 apartments, 1 million square feet of commercial space, vibrant community amenities, schools, parks, and open spaces. It connects Dublin to the bay and links the neighbouring communities of Irishtown, Ringsend, and Sandymount.

M&N is contracted to complete the following key phases of this development.

The Boulevard

The Boulevard is the main artery road for the entire Glass Bottle development. It runs from Sean Moore Road right down to Dublin Bay. This is a critical phase of the project as it provides the main access, along with the mainline sewer, services, and utilities for the entire development.

M&N’s scope of work includes the installation of approximately 20,000m³ pile mat to enable the installation of bearing piles with the preparation of pile heads ensuing same. Due to the challenging ground conditions of the site, the piles are required to form the raft slab foundation of the entire Boulevard roadway. Following the completion of the raft slab there will be a 5.00m deep road build up installed inclusive of drainage and services.

The installation of drainage and services is not the traditional dig and install, with the aforementioned having to be incorporated into a 5.00m road build-up. Furthermore, both surface water and foul water mainline drainage fall in opposite directions, therefore leaving this task a challenge in itself. Services within the Boulevard include SW & FW drainage, rising mains, district heating, watermain, ESB, and communications. The Boulevard will also accommodate main roadway access, off-road cycle tracks, pedestrian footways, and large urban trees.

Phase 1B

Phase 1B will consist of 324 apartment units with residential amenity facilities and retail space on the ground floor, along with landscaped residential communal courtyards and children’s play areas.

M&N’s scope of work includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Excavation and removal of material in preparation for piling
  • Installation of pile mat and preparation of pile heads
  • Excavation of all pile caps and deepenings
  • Excavation and installation of both underslung and in-slab mainline drainage and services for the 1B buildings.
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