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Building Services

The scope and content of Building Services Engineering is often underestimated. With increased pressure to develop greener and more sustainable buildings, the role of the Building Services engineer has expanded even further.

RPS designs mechanical and electrical services in commercial, institutional and industrial buildings for new build and refurbishment projects. We deliver projects across all sectors including healthcare, education, high technology manufacturing, R&D, as well as food and beverage, transport and leisure.

We have industry leading expertise in energy efficient design (LEED / BREEAM) and building information modelling (BIM). We carry out condition surveys of buildings and report on the cost of upgrading older installations to improve efficiency, reliability and to meet modern standards.

Our services include:

Mechanical & Electrical Design

Heating, Ventilation & Air Condition Systems

Laboratory & Hospital Gas Distribution Networks

Compressed Air Generation & Distribution

Water Systems (Potable, General & Special Use)

Soils, Waste & General Plumbing

General & Emergency Lighting

Fire & Intruder Alarms, Call Systems & IT Passive Networks

HV / MV Power Distribution

Emergency Power Generation & UPS

Case Studies

Children’s Cardiac Catheterisation Unit & Orthopaedic Theatre



The Cardiac Catheterisation Unit & Orthopaedic Theatre at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC) is the only fully equipped paediatric cardiology service on the island of Ireland to diagnose and treat children with heart defects.

The hybrid design allows the laboratory to be rapidly turned into a cardiac theatre thus permitting more complex interventions such as open heart surgery. The combination of catheterisation and operating facilities allows interventional cardiologists and surgeons to treat a child during a single procedure. This type of treatment can lead to faster recovery times, less tissue damage and reduced scarring. The new orthopaedic theatre complete with an ultra-clean ventilation system also doubles as part of the national action plan to reduce the number of patients on waiting lists for scoliosis treatment surgery.

The design build project was delivered on time and within budget through the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) by an interdisciplinary project team including RPS as Mechanical and Electrical Consulting Engineer. It involved an extension to the operating theatre block, within a live hospital environment, to accommodate a hybrid cardiac catheterisation laboratory and ancillary facilities at first floor, suspended over an existing car park, a roof-top plant room and a link bridge. After construction had commenced, the project was extended to include an orthopaedic theatre at the same elevated level as the new catheterisation laboratory and the existing operating theatres.

The national importance of the project combined with the highly complex spatial limitations created an opportunity for innovative solutions and creative thinking. Using BIM as a combined project tool, facility design was carried out in a Federated BIM Level 2 Model. This resulted in great precision and efficiency and enabled successful compression of the construction window.

The project was awarded an ACEI Design Excellence Award in 2017.

IDA Advance Technology Buildings



The IDA (Ireland’s Industrial Development Authority) established a programme of national property development in 2015 to attract investment and high-tech employers to Ireland. The energy-efficient facilities are being constructed outside of Dublin, in smaller cities and towns outside of Dublin. The Advance Technology Buildings (ATBs) are located within industrial parks in close proximity to an institute of technology which can supply newly qualified jobseekers. The programme enables the IDA to offer state of the art and ‘LEED’ certified facilities to their multinational clients.

RPS has provided multidisciplinary design, project management, PSDP and LEED services for a number of these ATBs on behalf of the IDA. This included buildings in Castlebar Business & Technology Park in Co. Mayo and a 2,980m2 in Sligo Business & Technology Park, Co. Sligo.

These projects involved the mechanical and electrical services design from concept, through planning permission to construction and handover. The design brief required a fit–out to Category A standard and a sustainable design to meet the LEED gold standard. The projects were subject to BC(A)R 2014 Regulations.

UCC Beaufort Building



RPS provided mechanical and electrical consultancy services for the University College Cork (UCC) Beaufort Building.

The Beaufort Building is a new marine and energy research building built by UCC on a brownfield site in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. The 4,500m2 building comprises laboratory areas, offices, workshops, and a large tank hall with 3 separate wave generation tanks. Given its role as an energy research centre, the use of sustainable and low energy options formed a key part of all mechanical and electrical designs.

The building houses three separate research groups, CMRC (Coastal Marine Research Centre), HMRC (Harbour Marine Research Centre), and SERG (Sustainable Energy Research Group). At the concept design stage, RPS engaged with these building users to investigate how best to design and manage the energy requirements for the project.

Various low and sustainable energy options were evaluated and those implemented included natural ventilation and passive cooling using automatic opening windows and exposed concrete slabs, low energy lighting with presence detection and daylight controls, rainwater harvesting, and use of solar panels to generate domestic hot water. UCC is now looking to use a similar energy assessment procedure on all future projects.

UCC recently became the first university in the world to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation for Energy Management. The energy assessment method used on this project played a key role in achieving this status.