Case Study

Putting Quality at the Heart of an Inner-City Mixed-Use Development

McGarrell Reilly Group is a property group that has created some of the highest quality developments in Ireland. The group prides itself on the quality of their portfolio and constantly strives to add value to each of their projects.

With a history of delivering city centre commercial projects, McGarrell Reilly is certainly no stranger to complexity, however, our flagship development, Charlemont Square, took intricacy to another level.

“With such an ambitious project involving multiple statutory bodies, we knew that an experienced, independent Assigned Certifier was a must.”

Jude Byrne, Managing Director Fajon Construction, the contracting company of McGarrell Reilly

As a major mixed-use development located in the heart of Dublin, this project comprises both high-density residential apartments and commercial buildings across several blocks, and muti-storey basement car parking. Spanning five acres, the build involved creating a central square and several new streets and communal areas designed to knit the new public realm and buildings together.

Unsurprisingly, the scale of the development presented challenges in terms of design, construction and delivery, ensuring compliance also with the interdependent requirements of the multiple regulatory bodies and stakeholders involved in this complex project.


That’s where Catalyst really came into their own. From the outset Catalyst worked with us to establish a delivery strategy that ensured alignment of the objectives for both the statutory bodies and developer alike.

As an independent certifier, Catalyst was able to set benchmarks for quality and uphold that line with impartiality. They took ownership of the buildings’ delivery from a statutory compliance process perspective.

Throughout the project, they were able to maintain independent oversight, holding the design and construction teams to account, yet they were also a unifying force promoting the common purpose of a quality delivery.

“Catalyst’s obi software was instrumental in achieving this rigour and driving quality.”

The systems that Catalyst introduced ensured a rigour around quality benchmarking and early materials approvals. This saved time, and with the necessary tools in place to capture critical data and approvals, Catalyst was able to oversee a very successful and seamless, phased handover, at the completion stage.

As this complex build demonstrates, Catalyst is a valuable support when navigating complex projects. Their passion for delivering quality, combined with their practical, solution-focused approach, helped us to deliver a world-class project at every level in compliance with the statutory requirements.

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