Refurbishment and fit-out of offices in phased sequence at Department of Defence including Fire Upgrade Works to Attic and Stair cores for the Office of Public Works (OPW).
Áras an tSáile is a government building where both the Department of Defence and Department of Agriculture have offices. It is located on Lakeshore Drive, Renmore, Galway.
The purpose of the works was to refurbish the top floor of the building, creating an impressive office workplace whilst undertaking fire upgrade works.
The works took place in an operational government office which continued to operate for the duration of the construction works. Detailed planning and coordination with the client was required to ensure that the safe and efficient operation of the office was maintained.
Phasing of the works was a critical element of the contract as capacity and timeframe for moving workers during the construction period was limited. The timeframe for the phasing period and construction period could not be altered as clients own IT and office team were booked in to provide the switch over for the systems once refurbishment works were complete.
The works in summary comprised of Demolition of existing finishes, ceilings and internal walls; Airtightness installation to the works area; Insulation to attic space; New ceilings complete with floating suspended canopies; New internal stud partition walls; New internal fire rated timber framed glazed partitions; New internal fire rated doors; New floor finishes; New furniture and desks; Fire upgrade works and M&E installations.
Development of Discovery Point at Derrigimlagh, Wild Atlantic Way’s inaugural key ‘Signature Discovery Points’ in association with Fáilte Ireland and Galway County Council, to enhance the site which was the setting for two outstanding technological achievements of the 20th century: the Marconi Wireless Station, the world’s first commercial transatlantic wireless station in 1907; and twelve years later (in 1919) when Alcock and Brown landed on the site marking the first nonstop, Trans-Atlantic flight.
The works provide visitors with car parking facilities and a looped walk through a bog landscape of outstanding natural beauty where they can discover the stories of this famous site. The walk is augmented by a number of attractive features which are designed to engage visitors and encourage them to interact with the history of the location.
Construction of the works were complex due to the remote location and ground conditions, the car Park was constructed on peat base with double geotextile layer technique and stone filling with the historical names which make the site significant cast in to the concrete entance area. A large concrete walkway projecting over the bog landscape brings visitors from the car park to beginning of the looped walk. The looped walk constructed through the boggy terrain interchanges between flat and bridged boardwalks, flagstone paths and stone walkways.
Construction of a 7,500 sq ft purpose-built community, sports and social centre building to provide for changing rooms, activities rooms, a meeting rooms, sanitary facilities and storage areas.
Works included site clearance, concrete structure with precast flat slab at first floor, mechanical and electrical fit-out, joinery works. All civil engineering works associated with drainage & utilities, installation of a wastewater treatment system including raised sand polishing filter.
Refurbishment and extension of a protected structure where all works were required to be carried out to Conservation Standard.
Works included removal of existing asbestos roof finish, repairs and refurbishment of defective roof timbers including treatment, new natural slate roof finish, removal of defective plaster internally & externally and re-plaster with lime plaster including rule and line finish, refurbishment of existing timber sash windows and construction of extension to rear of building inc. all drainage and utilities connections.
Replacement of defective playground matting, fencing, decking together with construction of fixtures & fittings, paving & landscaping. Playsafe rubber surface was applied to playground areas including interactive shapes. New fencing of playground railings with twin-wire fencing to site boundary, new composite decking, fixtures & fittings included sand pit, mounded play tunnel, roofed decking area, benches & foundations for shed & poly-tunnel.
Construction of new automated security vehicular access system within the site compound of An Post Galway Mail Centre.
Works consisted of the complete installation of new bi-folding security gate, security equipment, power installation, electrical containment, electrical distribution and civil works. The facility contained sensitive material and there was a high security clearance requirement required for all site personnel.
Works were located at the main entrance and there was also a high dependency on a pre-agreed traffic management and construction logistics plan prepared by Kesel Construction to minimise the distribution to the facility.
Construction of a single storey extension to the existing changing rooms. These works included constructing the foundations, external walls, finishes, pre-cast floors & roof structure complete with insulated roof panels. During this project the existing Club facilities including the adjoining Creche remained operational.
Construction of new handball club facility in Claregalway, Co. Galway. Facility included new handball court, spectator viewing area, elevated match official viewing platform, changing rooms, toilet facilities, canteen and meeting room. The handball court is constructed to GAA Handball 4 wall court specifications and includes Maple solid wood sports specific flooring and toughened glass wall for greater spectator viewing. Externally wall elevation was left for external ball wall and construction of the facility included for measures to facilitate future expansions of a second court.
Construction of an extension to the existing fire station with associated site works. Works to the proposed building comprised of a Muster bay and lecturer room and other associated facilities. Works consisted of demolition & removal of existing Portacabin; Removal of existing 1.8m high wall; Excavation works including removal of existing surface to formation; Pad & Strip Foundations; Stone build-up to underside of RC slab; Steel frame construction, including cladding; Construction of boundary wall and provision for electrical and telecoms supply.
Alteration and refurbishment of two number Public Conveniences in Salthill, Co Galway. This involved the retrofit of new cubicle systems into existing toilet blocks and the provision of semi-automatic toilets which have the key features of a modern toilet, direct access and no touch systems and the efficiency to clean of a modular cubicle.
Works included new service connections and diversions; demolitions and alterations to existing blockwork; new concrete floor slab; new mechanical and electrical installation including new electrical connection to mini pillar; new concrete floor slab; new floor and wall finishes; fit-out of new equipment; and new tarmac and concrete footpaths/ramps inc. handrails.
Equipment fit-out included automatic door units, automatic modern WC units, automatic wash hand units complete with hand dryer, in-built waste disposal unit with paper dispensers.
Designed by: Bullet Design