Flancare Warehouse Development, Longford
- Client: Woodlock Developments
- Architect: Grogan Architects
- Value(€ million): 7
- Value($ million): 10
- Completion date: 2005
- PUNCH services: Civil, Structural
The development of this site was carried out in two phases. The first included the construction of the 6000m2 warehouse facility, a 3-bay portal frame structure designed to carry full height racking and enclosed in single skin cladding. The second phase, completed three years after the first, doubled the original warehouse volume and included associated loading bays and dock levellers.
PUNCH Consulting Engineers was the lead consultant in the development of this 30 hectare site for one of the largest logistics centres in the country. Flancare is a warehousing, cold storage and international distribution company based in Athlone at the heart of Ireland. Following advice sought by the client in 2003 in respect of engineering solutions to the development, PUNCH was retained to complete the design for upgrading their site for commercial development.
The geotechnical site conditions proved challenging across the site with peat being found to depths of 10m in certain areas and large volumes of unsuitable fill discovered in others. Following a detailed site investigation, PUNCH designed the substructure of the warehousing and yard slabs as fully piled, whilst other parts of the site were surcharged and vertically drained to reduce post-construction settlement. As with all of our projects, PUNCH strove for innovative thinking and the reduction in the use of piles across the whole site proved to be a significant cost saving for our client.