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Structural Engineering

RPS offers structural engineering as a standalone service or as part of a multi-disciplinary design team.

We focus on clients and their projects from concept to completion working closely with the architect and building services engineer. We combine efficiency with innovation, delivering exciting yet functional buildings that meet or exceed client expectations.

RPS has a diverse portfolio with projects of varying sizes, covering all the major sectors whether new build, extension or refurbishment. Our client base is equally diverse, ranging from government bodies to private developers and contractors, bringing wide ranging expertise and creativity.

Our design teams embrace technology and the best tools available to give clients the flexibility they need to optimise development opportunities. We use state of the art design and analysis software that integrates with 3D object modelling tools, creating intelligent Building Information Models. This brings improved co-ordination between disciplines and allows a thorough and rapid appraisal of alternative solutions.

RPS considers sustainability a key factor and the structural engineer has an important part to play in the design approach for new buildings. Our involvement at an early stage can bring significant benefits in the specification of materials, designing for long life, future flexibility and de-construction.

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Case Studies

Aer Lingus HQ Offices

Aer Lingus HQ Offices

Dublin Airport Authority

The former PCB building is now the prestigious headquarter offices of Aer Lingus following a major refurbishment by RPS structural engineers.

RPS was appointed by DAA to carry out structural and condition appraisals and assessment of the existing 4-storey building. Having identified remedial issues and new building requirements, our structural engineers prepared specimen design for the €4m design build contract. This involved major refurbishment and structural modifications, including a new full height brise soleil façade.

This project is an excellent example of the importance of detailed structural investigation of an existing building and consideration of structural design solutions to facilitate the successful and cost effective transition to a fully functional modern office building.

Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension

Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension

Dublin Airport Authority

RPS provided structural engineering design and project management services for the €55m extension of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport.

The 7,500m² airside Terminal 1 Extension was designed to improve passenger circulation space and comfort in the terminal areas consisting of arrivals & departures facilities over two levels, and ancillary support accommodation including additional check-in areas with baggage facilities, retail and restaurant/bars on the mezzanine level.

The structure above ground level is suspended so that the apron area below the building is retained for use by ground handlers and other services. RPS was responsible for structural engineering works for the outline design of the 1,100 tonne structural steel frame supported on 30 concrete column foundations, the engineering for the fritted glazed façade and the utility services diversions and reinstatement for the airside compound. Our structural engineers acted as technical reviewer, contract administrator and site supervisor for the construction phase of the project.

Horse Racing Ireland HQ Offices

Horse Racing Ireland HQ Offices

Horse Racing Ireland

RPS was the structural engineer for the design of the landmark headquarters of Horse Racing Ireland, a highly acclaimed office and functions building in Newbridge, overlooking the Curragh Racecourse.

Horse Racing Ireland commissioned RPS for the structural engineering of an office building that would host receptions, meetings and functions for the horse racing industry throughout the world. The building is an example of quality design, construction and materials to reflect Ireland’s premier role in the global horse racing industry.

The €8m² storey ,3000m² structure is of concrete frame with aluminium curtain walling system and stone cladding to the external façade. Our structural engineers were responsible for the detailed design and technical advisory role during construction.

Mixed Use Development at Harbour Square

Mixed Use Development at Harbour Square

Crofton Developments

RPS is the structural engineer for the design of the highly acclaimed landmark Harbour Square Development, a mixed-use development of commercial offices, retail units and residential apartments on a confined urban site overlooking Dublin Bay.

The €60m development has 5 interlinked blocks with a shared 2-storey underground basement car parking and concrete podium. The development on a 2.2 acre site comprises 35,000m² of 6-storey commercial offices, retail and 118 residential apartments and landscaped plaza area. The design is of reinforced concrete to the offices and modular apartments with precast concrete floors and pod units to bathroom/utility areas and steel frame construction to the upper floor.

RPS structural engineers were responsible for the design and provided full time site supervision, ensuring that our reputation for innovative and co-ordinated ”right first time” design and quality of construction was maintained whilst the buildings were completed to the client”s ambitious fast track programme. The landmark commercial and residential development is now a recognised example of excellence in design and quality of construction.