Lough Boora Visitor Centre & Car Park

This project involved the Design & Build of a Visitor Centre Building and Car Park Facilities  at Lough Boora Discovery Park, Leabeg, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. The aim of the development was to create a central focal point for the various tourist attractions at Lough Boora. The Clients of this contract were Bord na Móna and Bord Fáilte Ireland.

The key challenges involved in this development included the very poor ground conditions as the site was located on peat boglands and adjacent a lake. Some of the key design goals of the project that had to be incorporated into the development included being conscious of the local environment and constructing a building which would complement the Natural Landscape and Wildlife in the area as well as creating a sustainable and environmentally friendly facility. This was accomplished by using natural construction materials and the installation of renewable energy systems, this combined with the construction of a sustainable waste water treatment system provided an eco-friendly development which characterised the ethos of the Discovery Park itself.

The Building itself made use of numerous aspects of construction technologies including Pre-cast Concrete and  Larch Timber Piled Foundations, In-situ reinforced concrete groundbeams & Pile Caps, pre-cast concrete floor slabs, Timber frame Building Structure, Paralon Warm Roof with Sedum Mix Green Roof, Zinc Clad Canopy, Photovoltaic Solar Panel Energy System, Cedar Cladding Building Façade, Air Tightness and high grade thermal insulation, Zero Discharge Willow Bed Wastewater Treatment System, Foul Sewer Septic Tank, Pump Chamber and submersible pumping system, larch timber decking and handrailing, Mechanical and Electrical building Fit-out and high grade internal finishes as well as external ducting, watermain and services installation.

The Project also included the construction of a 126 space car park, 5 space Bus Park and extensive landscaping Works as well as construction of 9 nr, picnic areas, various footpaths and cycle tracks, wetland lake construction with timber pedestrian bridge and timber knee railing and fencing Works. A blockwork bicycle rental building with Cedar Cladding Façade to tie in with main visitor  building was also constructed as part of the development.

For more information on Lough Boora Discovery Park please follow the link below:

http://www.loughboora.com/plan-your-visit/visitor-information/facilities/

Clontuskert National School Roof Refurbishment

Works on this project consisted of stripping existing roof and removal of velux roof windows as well as demolition of 2 number of chimneys. New rafters and support rafters were installed before applying a new breathable membrane and battens. The junction with the flat roof was waterproofed before the roof was re-slated and new fascia, soffit and downpipes installed, while repairs were also carried out to internal rooms including slabbing, plastering and painting. The external doors were also draft proofed and painted while an external concrete post and chainlink wire perimeter fence was also erected along school boundary as part of the works.

Demolition & Re-construction of listed Water Tower

The works involved in this project consisted of demolition of the listed stone water tower and re-construction of the water tower at an alternative location. The Water tank was carefully removed from the tower, cleaned and the steel treated while it awaited the the tower to be re-constructed. The tower stonework was carefully removed, cleaned, numbered, and stored for re-use by setting down in sequence to facilitate re-build using traditional lime mortar before the water tank itself was re-installed on top.

Refurbishment of listed Station House at Gort Station

This project entailed the complete refurbishment of the old station house building at Gort Station, Co. Galway. Works were carried out in accordance with Heritage Architects specification and included repairs to slate roof with salvaged bangor blue slates, fitting of new ridge capping, construction of new asphalt flat roof to existing extension, removal and disposal of rubble, floors and internal walls that were structurally unsound, construction of new concrete floor, Dry-lining to all internal faces of external walls, installation of new suspending ceilings, supply and install of new timber sash windows and external timber doors to replicate the originals, and construction of new canteen and wash room facilities for per way staff.

Refurbishment of listed Goods Store at Gort Station

This project consisted of refurbishing the stone constructed goods store building at Gort Station, Co. Galway. The works included removal of all vegetation and rubble around the building, stripping of existing roof slates and carefully storing them for re-use, removal of sections of existing rotting timber roof, installation of new timber joists and rafters, re-roofing of slate roof, installation of new roof light sheeting, installation of new cast iron gutter, carrying out substantial repairs to both large timber doors to the gable and side of building, painting and re-hanging of doors as well as repairs carried out to damaged areas of stonework.

Ballinasloe Flood Defence Scheme, Co. Galway

This project consisted of a flood defence barrier approx 1.4 km long protecting over 100 households in the Ballinasloe area. The works involved construction of a reinforced concrete flood defense wall consisting of the installation of steel sheet piles using Movax piling hammer with welded joints & a 600m reinforced concrete pile cap. The remainder of the flood defence barrier was achieved with the construction of an 800m impermeable clay bund. The project included installation of aluminium flood gates & controlled pen-stocks in existing and new chambers, construction of culverts and head walls, construction of drainage system to rear of flood barrier with over pump chambers as well as the construction of V ditches and cleaning of existing field drains in the surrounding area.

 

Culvert Replacement, Ardrahan, Co.Galway

This project involved the replacement of an under-track culvert on the Limerick to Tuam rail line with 4 new 2.4m x 2.4m precast concrete box culverts. The works were carried out in a short time frame of just 36 hours in order to facilitate a the re-opening of the railway line. The works carried out included ground-works, precast installation, waterproofing of units, installation of gabion units and relaying of railway tracks.

Culvert Installation, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

This Project involved installing a new precast concrete box culvert consisting of 9 units 2.1m x 1.8m totaling 18m in length. The culvert was laid adjacent to an existing culvert on the R358 station road, Ballinasloe. A road closure and diversion was put in place to facilitate the works which were carried out in two phases in order to maintain pedestrian access for residents. The river was dammed either side of the new culvert location and the water pumped out before excavation works commenced. Sheet piles were driven in order to support sides of the excavation while the culvert foundation base was prepared and units lifted into place with 90 ton hydraulic mobile crane. There was also numerous services contained within the road including a telecoms junction box, 2 x watermains and a foul sewer line all of which had to remain operational and protected during the works.

Multeen River Viaduct Replacement Project, Dundrum

This project consisted of the replacement of existing viaduct over the Multeen River, Dundrum, Co.Tipperary with a new 3 span deck. The 3 no. 12m double track decks were cast on-site to incorporate new steel bridge structure ( supplied by IR ) and lifted into position during 36 hour TIII Possession using 1,100t mobile crane ( supplied by IR ). Each lift was approximately 150t. Ancillary works included Eliminator & Hytec waterproofing, bridge joints details and sealing same, coring existing masonry abutments and installation of 32mm dia 1.50m long dowels, grouted in position to receive new decks.

Please follow link below to see video of the construction process:

http://www.conneelybuilders.com/video-gallery/?catid=cat1&slg=multeen-river-viaduct-co-tipperary

Slieve & Corbally OBM 714E

At this site Iarnród Éireann Level crossing XM100-101 were replaced by a single span skewed over bridge with associated approach embankments and the realignment of three local roads was required.

Works included reinforced earth wing walls, roadways, permanent fencing, safety barrier, drainage and stone pitched headwalls. An overhead telecom was diverted to underground ducting. The level crossing gates were removed and replaced with block work. Accommodation works for farmers included drainage, roadways, culverts and concrete driveways.

Please follow link below to see video of the bridge construction:

http://www.conneelybuilders.com/video-gallery/?catid=cat1&slg=slieve-corbally-co-roscommon

OB702 Roscommon Bridge Widening & Road Alignment

The existing bridge OB702 was widened to take the skew out of the road. The overbridge comprised of Opti-Cadre units and reinforced earth abutments.

The bridge was widened to the Claremorris side by approximately 10.5m while leaving the existing structure intact and maintaining traffic flow. The reinforced earth walls were constructed with little interference to the existing passing traffic and the railway line. Other works included palindine fencing, high level safety barrier and road surfacing. The work was necessary to create a straight road across the railway line to enable all local traffic to traverse the bridge safely. This project was the first of its type to use Opti-Cadre units to extend an existing bridge.

please follow link below to see installation of precast concrete portal frame:

http://www.conneelybuilders.com/video-gallery/?catid=cat1&slg=ob-702-roscommon

Single Lane Carriageway, Kilnockin. Mallow, Co. Cork

At this site, Iarnród Éireann manned level crossing number XC227 was replaced by a single lane carriageway with associated works, Dismantling and removal of a steam engine water storage tower, decommissioning of diesel storage tanks, palisade fencing, concrete block boundary wall, reinforced concrete ballast retaining wall, drainage, earthworks, kerbing, lighting, footpaths, landscaping, tarmacadam and surface dressing. Construction was phased in stages to facilitate access to Iarnród Éireann yards and minimise disruption to local traffic.