- 24 September 2014
Oran Pre-Cast started work on the 8th of September on Phase One of the new Research Greenway Hub – this is the first new DIT building to be constructed at the Grangegorman Site which is one of the largest current public infrastructure projects underway in the country. It will be home to the Environmental Health Services Institute and is based on collaboration between DIT, DCC and the HSE.
It is envisaged that the contract will take 18 months to complete (“BAM Building” are the main contractor), with a tight 12 week pre-cast programme included within this. The project will utilise most of the Oran Pre-Cast suite of products – twin-wall, lattice slab flooring, stairs, columns and beams. Oran Pre-Cast were responsible for the modelling and design of the pre-cast frame using finite element analysis software. This project is BIM compliant.
A notable feature of the project is the 900mm deep cantilever transfer slab at first floor, which comprises 65mm deep pre-cast lattice slab with an 835mm deep insitu topping. 650 and 450mm diameter circular precast columns were also produced in-house for this project.
A detailed “Dynamics” analysis of the building was undertaken in order to ensure that the vibration performance of the structure will comply with set limits.
- 23 September 2014
Oran Pre-Cast has begun to install some of the contracted 5,600m2 of 250mm deep Hollowcore slabs at the new 720 pupil post primary school, Coláiste na Coiribe in Knocknacarra just outside Galway City. "Stewart" are appointed as the main building contractor.
The precast supply programme is scheduled to last from Mid September to early December 2014. Hollowcore slabs bearing on rising walls are being used to form the Ground floor slab. This solution is particularly useful where some ambiguity may exist over existing soil conditions. Once completed, this school will become Ireland's largest Gaelcholáiste.
- 29 April 2014
The construction of the composite flat slab solution for the CRF TRF research building is proceeding at pace on site.
Oran Pre-Cast commenced on site in mid to late April and installed the ground level walls and columns. Temporary props, perimeter beams and the first level of lattice floor elements were then installed. Steel fixers followed close behind tying the top mat of reinforcement. The slab at each level is being cast in 2 seperate pours.
Manufacture of the precast elements for the upper levels is almost complete. The products will remain in storage in Oranmore until they are required on site.
- 28 March 2014
The new Student Centre at the London School of Economics was the winner of the International Award at the 32nd annual Irish Concrete Society awards ceremony held recently in Dublin.
Oran Pre-Cast provided twinwall and plate flooring elements for various parts of the structure, including the basement walls, the eye catching chimney tower and the inclined roof structure.
Colaiste Ailigh, Letterkenny by BAM Contractors and Oran Pre-Cast was nominated in the Building Category.
- 13 January 2014
Oran Pre-Cast’s structural design team have begun to design and detail a precast concrete solution for this clinical research facility on the grounds of University Hospital Galway. The project is a joint undertaking between NUI Galway and the Health Services Executive.
BAM Building Ltd. were awarded the contract to construct the €20m project in late 2013, and are currently undertaking preparatory site works. The building is a 4 storey flat slab structure with a floor area of over 5,000m2. It will house the Clinical and Translational Research Facilities.
The design is utilising a number of Oran Pre-Cast’s specialist product range, including twinwall, lattice floor, stairs, beams and columns to provide a total pre-cast solution. A number of significant transfer structures are being provided to meet the required architectural specification.
- 06 January 2014
Oran Pre-Cast is to provide hollowcore in a range of sizes for a new office building on the HP Ballybrit, Galway campus. The hollowcore flooring, in conjunction with a steel frame, provides a quick build solution on this busy site. Over 7,500m2 of flooring will be provided over the course of the contract.
A precast stair and landing solution is also being provided. This reduces the amount of wet trades required on site, provides safe working access between floors and has significant programme benefits.
- 19 December 2013
The final precast structural elements have been fitted to the Life Course Science Building in NUI, Galway. It is located on the North Campus, adjacent to the Science Research Building also by Oran Pre-Cast. The project continues Oran Pre-Cast's record of providing flexible state of the art structural solutions to Ireland’s third level institutes.
The main building structure utilised lattice floor and precast columns to provide a flat slab configuration. The building has 2 distinct wings designed around a large central atrium, interconnected using precast beams of over 11m in span. 500mm hollowcore and a large transfer beam provide a clear span of over 18metres to the main lecture theatre.