• Athlone Community College

Oran Pre-Cast worked closely with the main contractor to develop a viable concrete frame for this bespoke school project.

CLIENTDepartment of Education and Skills
ARCHITECT McGarry Ní Éanaigh Architects
ENGINEER Punch Consulting Engineers

A wide range of products were used in providing a total precast solution to this architecturally striking building. The overall building consisted of 3 wings, separated by movement joints. Approximately 150m of the perimeter wall acted as a retaining wall at lower ground level.

Large expanses of wall elevations, with irregular ope patterns, lead to multi-storey columns of up to 14m in height, and a large number of bespoke twinwall panels. The automated production facility, with its CNC plotting station, was ideally suited to the manufacture of these panels.


Key design features included:

  • 11.5m high exposed twinwall panels to sports hall,

  • 14.5m transfer beams,

  • Significant lattice floor transfer slab,

  • Bespoke beam and wall panels.

  • Exposed concrete façade panels

Differences in the architectural layout between levels resulted in a number of significant transfer structures, and cantilevering floor slabs. Finite element analysis software was used in analysing these elements.