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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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UB100 Piling & Stabilisation, Crusheen, Co. Clare
Culvert Replacement Ballina UBM-774A
A steel pipe was installed underneath the railway line by use of pipe ramming. We blocked up the existing culvert and pumped it with concrete. Two precast headwalls were installed, one on either side of the new pipe. A roadway was made down to the pipe ramming location and also an access pit created for to facilitate pipe ramming equipment. We also cleaned existing drain down to lake and carried out site clearance work.
Sheetpiling at Foxford, Co Mayo
Upon inspections by Irish Rail, significant subsidence of a railway embankment near Foxford was discovered.
Remedial works were required to stabilise the railway line, consisting of a sheetpiled wall for 160 metres on both sides of the railway line. The approved piles were imported from Asia in 16 number containers into Dublin Port and hauled by road to Foxford Station. The contract was completed entirely with the company’s own plant and resources. The main equipment consisted of a piling rig compromising of a Movax SPE 50 piling hammer fitted on a Case CX210 25 tonne tracked excavator, specially fitted with rubber tracks for railway work. The piles were hauled to the remote site location using two atlas 1504 rubber ducks with rail wheels and tilt rotating encon hitch & McCabe grab towing two 5m x 20TN rail trailers. The piles were loaded at Foxford station by a Case CX160B excavator fitted with rotating grab. The piles were driven to depths of between 7 metres and 13 metres The piles were supported with a waler beam on both sides and tied across using 40mm threaded bars at 4.5 metre centers. The works were carried out at night during TIII possessions with the railline remaining operational each day for passengers and freight traffic.
Please follow link below to see Movax Piling Hammer in action on Ballinasloe Flood Defence project:
Noone’s UB121, Rineen, Gort, Co. Galway
At this site Existing Level Crossing’s XE128 & XE129 were closed and replaced by a 4.50m x 4.50m internal dimension under-bridge, 20m long. The under-bridge was a contractor designed structure.
500m long new access roads were also constructed The installation of the under-bridge took place over 2 days, from 7.00 am Tuesday 16th of June 2009 to 6.00pm on Wednesday 17th of June 2009. The under-bridge is made up of 15no U shaped duct units each weighing approx 20t (i.e. 8no base units and 7no top units). A 350 ton crane was used during the installation both for lifting /replacing the track and also for installing the units.
On day 1, the track was removed, excavation completed, and preparation of base for unit’s. On day 2 the precast units were installed. All sealants and waterproof membranes installed and completion of stitches between units together one erection of temporary handrails.
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Spencer Dock Platform Works
Construction of Platforms and access stairs from existing roads at new Dockland’s Rail Station. The station was designed of elements that would permit the station to be moved from its current temporary location to its permanent location at a future date. There were many elements to this project such as vibrocompaction to the existing ground to increase bearing capacity for foundations of platform precast units each weighing 27tonne. It involved the piling of all foundations to support ground beams and main building portal frame. Construction of buffer stops, installation of pumping station, surface water attenuation system, associated drainage and services at Spencer Dock, Dublin 1.