Built to Specifications (Built2Spec), a four-year Horizon 2020 €5.5 million EU-funded project involving 20 European partners, seeks to reduce the gap between a building’s designed and as-built energy performance. To do this, the project will put a new set of breakthrough technological advances for self-inspection checks and quality assurance measures into the hands of construction professionals. This collection of smart tools will help building stakeholders at all levels in meeting EU energy efficiency targets, new build standards and related policy goals. The multi-million euro project shared among 20 European partners includes three from Ireland - NUI Galway, Oran Pre-Cast in Oranmore and Ecofix in Dublin.

Commenting on the project, Dr Magdalena Hajdukiewicz from NUI Galway, said: “The Built2Spec project and collaboration with companies such as Oran Pre-Cast allow our research to be applied to real buildings to tackle the problems of quality checks during the construction, as well as energy efficiency and indoor environmental conditions of operating buildings.”

For more information on IRUSE visit: www.iruse.ie and on Built2Spec visit:  https://built2spec-project.eu/

Further news regarding the collaboration between Oran Precast and NUIG can be viewed at http://www.nuigalway.ie/about-us/news-and-events/news-archive/2017/may2017/nui-galway-engineering-project-seeks-to-reduce-gap-in-energy-performance-of-buildings--1.html

 

Letterkenny Courthouse, one of four new build Courthouses to be built this year under the Courts Bundle PPP Project (Limerick, Wexford and Drogheda are the other three) is on schedule to open early in 2017. The last element of the precast frame was recently installed by Oran Precast on site. BAM Building are the main contractor and are contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the building for the next 25 years under a PPP model, the overall value of which is estimated to cost €135million.

The precast frame installation programme is on schedule. Aided by some benign weather this winter, and with two Oran Precast erection crews busy on site, Zone 2 (Main Courtrooms, 3&4 above) was completed ahead of the Christmas break. 40% of Zone 3 has beem completed at this stage also. Due to Site constraints, a mobile crane had to be located directly on the Ground Bearing Raft slab within the Building Zone 3 area. This meant that costly Road Closures could be avoided when installing some of the heavier elements at Roof level in Courtrrom 1 (see Top Left photo).

The 7,350 sqm building which will house District, Circuit, and Central Criminal Court sittings under one roof in a state-of-the-art Complex is progressing well on site. Oran Precast Ltd who were appointed to design, supply and install the large complex precast frame are using their full range of precast products in this project – Columns, Beams, Solid Walls, TwinWall, Lattice Slab, Hollowcore Slabs, Stairs, Landings. This large and complicated project with numerous floor level changes, double height courtrooms, non-stacking walls etc. is a good example of what can be achieved with precast construction.

The first of the 1st Floor Courtroom 6 Perimeter Walls were installed yesterday at the BAM - Limerick Courthouse job. Oran Precast are providing the full suite of precast products for this large and complex frame which incorporates numerous floor level changes, especially at 1st floor where the public courtrooms are located. There are 6 Courtrooms in total, serviced by 10 different Staircores. Wilson Architects and Malachy Walsh and Partners make up the main Design Team members, with Mercury Engineering looking after the M&E element of the contract. The project is intended to be fully BIM compliant.

Due to continued growth, Oran PreCast is expanding it's workforce again and a number of new positions have become available.

Please see our Careers Section for further details.

Some of the positions will be based in our new subsidiary Design Office in Birr, Co. Offaly which is due to open shortly.

Oran Precast continues to be heavily involved in the ambitious Research Project ‘Built2Spec’, which is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme and involves a team of Private companies, University bodies and Institutes from across Europe.

The project aims to develop new Quality Assurance tools in the area of Construction so that Retrofit and New Build projects in the near future can be managed and verified with a view toward meeting ambitious EU energy efficiency targets. These tools will use new technological advances in the area of 3D & Imagery, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Smart Building components, Energy Efficiency testing, Indoor Air Quality testing, Airtightness, Thermal and Acoustic testing.

In July 2015, a Built2Spec Project Meeting took place in Galway, hosted by the NUIG research team. A site visit to Oran Precast’s Office and manufacturing facility was one of the highlights of this meeting. Further information is available on the project website www.built2spec-project.eu.

 

Oran PreCast is expanding it's workforce and a number of positions have become available.

Please see our Careers Section for further details.

Some of the positions will be based in our new subsidiary Design Office, which is to be located in Birr, Co. Offaly.

Burntwood School in Wandsworth, completed in 2014 recently won the Stirling prize at the Royal Institute of British Architects awards. The €50m School re-build project used striking precast elements on the facade and employed Twin Wall and Stair Flights supplied by Oran Pre-Cast for the project. The quality of Twin Wall finish was critical as the walls were to be left exposed in their final state. This quality is evident from the photo across. See link to the article in the Construction Enquirer magazine -  http://www.e-architect.co.uk/awards/stirling-prize-2015-shortlisted-buildings-architects/attachment/burntwood-school-a091015-t-8#main

Bam Contractors and Oran Precast join forces again on this large project at National University of Ireland, Galway. The 20 week precast erection programme is coming to a close this month and the precast works are now 95% complete on this, the newest building on the NUIG Campus. The Human Biology Building will house all the required amenities for its needs. The project showcases the potential of Oran Precast's capabilities. It encompasses the vast majority of Oran Precasts products ranging from Columns, Twin Wall, Beams, 14m long Hollowcore Slabs, a large area of Lattice Slab, Stairflights and Landings. Again, Oran Precast designed, manufactured, supplied and installed all these products. The photos show the solid raking lecture hall slabs, flat lattice slabs, twin wall, and stair flights.