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Cluain Dara Residential

Quality and Speed Guaranteed in all Weather with Datum ICF Crews

Alder Homes The Ash


Cluain Dara Estate, a low-density residential development located on the outskirts of Derrinturn, Co. Kildare, was led by Alder Homes. The main building contractor, Capcon Building, required the skills of experienced ICF installation teams to deliver best-in-class, A-rated homes.

Alder Homes
  • Project
    Cluain Dara Housing Estate
  • Location
    Derrinturn, Co. Kildare
  • Client
    Alder Homes
  • Completion


Winter construction in Ireland is often plagued by poor weather conditions. In this case, the developer wanted to proceed with the programme of works but needed to ensure timeframes were met and quality homes could still be delivered.

ICF is recognised as a fast, highly efficient way to build but it can be hard to find experienced teams. After careful consideration, Datum BCE was chosen as the specialist partner to provide experienced ICF installation teams on the Cluain Dara project.

ICF Construction


Work on the development began in autumn 2018 and proceeded through the 2019 autumn- winter season which included some particularly bad weather. The ICF system can be deployed in most weather conditions and a result, despite the conditions, there were no weather-related delays.

From faster building times to maximized energy efficiency, building homes through Datum’s preferred ICF method offers many advantages. Costs can also be reduced without compromising on quality and lighter building materials means increased Health & Safety on-site too.

It typically took our team of specialist ICF installers just ten days to construct a semi-detached unit from foundation to super structure. Initially, our team were so efficient that the only delays onsite were due to other services, who were initially not experienced with the speed ICF.

The super structure consisted of starting with poured foundations, before installation of ICF block, including cavity closures, fixing steel, and pouring concrete. Our team handed over the super structure at roofing stage – averaging one semi-detached unit in ten days.

As a lighter and cleaner material to work with, ICF sites are much less impacted by poor conditions so weather-related downtime can be almost eliminated.

ICF construction - foundations