RPS was appointed as civil and structural consultant to JJ Rhatigan for the design and construction of eleven schools as part of two separate Design Build bundles for the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA).
Our services included:
Full structural design services for school structures which typically comprise load-bearing blockwork, supporting steel roofs and precast concrete floors
Design of general purpose halls which typically comprise portal frame or trussed steel structures
Design of the watermains, surface water and foul drainage systems including storm water attenuation and infiltration systems on some sites
Design of access roads, car parks and bus drop off areas
Design of external courtyards, pitches and play areas
Geotechnical services relating to the design of all foundations and earth retaining structures
Design of site structures including retaining walls, storage compounds and electrical sub-stations
The national and secondary schools were located in Dublin, Cork, Meath and Louth – some were new builds, others required extension and refurbishment. As numerous schools were on site simultaneously, careful project management was required to ensure delivery dates were met for each school.