Castletroy College, Limerick (Second Level)

  • Client: County Limerick VEC
  • Architect: Murray O'Laoire Architects
  • Value(€ million): 4
  • Value($ million): 6
  • Completion date: 2001
  • PUNCH services: PUNCH services civil, structural

PUNCH Consulting Engineers were the Civil and Structural Engineers for both phases of the school’s development. The building’s primary structure uses traditional construction, with blockwork supporting the light weight standing seam roof with steel beams and purlins. The foundations are traditional strip footings under the walls. The ground floor slab is on grade and reinforced with polypropylene fibres. The use of polypropylene fibres in ground floor slabs deviates from traditional construction; however, this modern approach facilitates quicker constructions times by allowing the contractor to pour larger slab areas, and reduces the risk of cracking.

Castletroy College is a post primary school that first opened its doors on the 1st of September, 2000. The school is located on a spacious custom-designed campus in Newtown, Castletroy, Co. Limerick. The development of the school has occurred over two phases of construction; Phase 1 comprised the original development of 60 class rooms to cater for approximately 800 students; Phase 2 comprised a one storey extension to provide an additional 11 general classrooms, 2 science laboratory’s, a woodwork room, an engineering room, a business studies lab, a language lab, a lecture room which can be split into 2 general rooms, an arts & crafts room and a general purpose hall. There are also 2 group rooms, 3 pastoral rooms and an office for the deputy principle provided within phase 2. The additional 2656m2 constructed in Phase 2 almost doubles the capacity of the school and was completed in 2007.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers have experience working on a wide range of educational projects around the country. This range includes all levels of education, from community pre-schools to fourth level institutions in the national universities. The knowledge and experience developed from these projects, coupled with the company’s tradition for providing a cost effective design, ensures that we deliver the highest quality service to our Clients.

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