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Buildings & Structures

RPS offers structural engineering as a standalone service or as part of a multidisciplinary design team. We have a diverse portfolio of projects, varying in size, covering all of the major sectors and including new build, extension and refurbishment. All our buildings are designed for sustainability and functionality.

We work for a variety of clients, from government bodies to private developers and contractors, bringing wide-ranging expertise and creativity. We provide client focused advice from project conception to completion, working closely with the architect, building services engineers and quantity surveyors. We combine efficiency with innovation, delivering exciting yet functional buildings that meet or exceed client expectations.

We act as Client Representative on PPP / PFI projects and are also highly experienced in Design Build projects including DB, DBO, DBOF and concession contracts. Throughout the design process and particularly in the early stages, RPS proactively participates in value management and risk management workshops in order to ensure best value for money for the client.

On all projects, RPS can bring added value to the design process by providing, as additional services, integrated fire engineering, project management, geotechnical engineering and traffic engineering.

Case Studies

Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension



RPS provided structural engineering design and project management services for the €55m extension of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport. Our multidisciplinary team managed the project from inception through outline design, planning and procurement, to detailed design and construction.

The 7,500m2 airside Terminal 1 Extension was designed to improve passenger circulation space and comfort in the terminal areas. It consists of arrivals & departures facilities over two levels plus a mezzanine level. It comprises ancillary support accommodation including additional check-in areas with baggage facilities, retail space and restaurant and 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 fa├žade and the utility services diversions and reinstatement for the airside compound. We also carried out the fire strategy for the terminal extension building and provided health and safety services as Project Supervisor for the Design Process (PSDP).

Our structural engineers acted as technical reviewer, contract administrator and site supervisor for the construction phase of the project.

LEED Services for Department of Justice & Equality Offices, Tipperary



RPS has achieved LEED Gold Certification for the new 4,900m2 Department of Justice & Equality offices in Tipperary Town.

RPS was appointed in 2010 by Stewart and the OPW to act as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consultant for the project.

Our role on this project was to ensure that the development was specified according to the sustainability principles of the LEED certification system and that design and construction met the requirements of the LEED rating system to achieve the target of LEED Gold. This involved input to design team meetings and coordinating all of the stakeholders to ensure the delivery of the appropriate drawings and documents for review by the USGBC.

RPS’ experience in sustainable design, including waste prevention, minimisation and management and energy efficiency has proved hugely beneficial in the LEED process.

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NDFA Schools Bundles



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.

South West Acute Hospital, Fermanagh



RPS was appointed by FCC Infrastructure and Interserve to fulfil the role of civil, structural and fire engineering consultant on this 380 bed acute hospital. The £267 million project provided all single rooms with en-suite facilities along with an A & E department, laboratory services, inpatient services (including critical care, major and emergency surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology) as well as outpatient services. The development also included provision for key worker’s accommodation and a two deck car park.

The ground conditions varied considerably at the site, and as such a variety of foundation solutions were adopted from CFA Piling to pad and strip footings. The building structure is a reinforced concrete flat slab which offered benefits in terms of ease of construction and services distribution but which also maximises flexibility in the future spatial planning of the building by accommodating changes in layout without requiring alterations to the building structure.

In terms of fire safety, the strategy for the hospital was based on the “Hospital Street” concept. The street runs for the full length of the building, broken up by a central atrium space and acts as a primary means of escape from the building in the event of a fire and also serves as a protected mustering point for the fire brigade. Fire Engineering techniques were used extensively in the design of the building to address departures from standard guidance including smoke control provisions in the atrium, firefighting facilities, compartmentation and sub-compartmentation proposals and extensions in travel distance.

Titanic Quarter, Belfast



RPS was commissioned as civil & structural engineering consultant for the redevelopment of the 185 acre Titanic Quarter Site. Developments on the site include mixed-use residential accommodation, office and leisure facilities, educational accommodation and other major public buildings including the award winning Public Records Office and the iconic Titanic Building.

We were involved in the detailed design of the site wide civil engineering infrastructure works. These works include new roads, signalised junctions, upgrading the existing carriageways adjacent to the site and public realm areas along with the site wide drainage infrastructure. We were also tasked with developing solutions for the remediation of this site given the contamination that pre-existed on the site from its former use. In addition, RPS developed flood mitigation strategies for the site and for a number of the buildings, where basements have been incorporated into the design.

RPS also provided civil, structural and fire engineering consultancy services for the award winning Titanic Belfast, a striking six-storey aluminium and glass clad building which forms the iconic centrepiece of the Titanic Quarter development. At £97m, this represents a major investment in tourism in Northern Ireland and provides Belfast with an iconic museum and exhibition space, centred on the theme of the Titanic.

The complex shape of the building necessitated detailed 3D modelling and finite element design for analysis of the structure with close collaboration between all design team members and the Main Contractor.

A double storey basement car park for 500 cars is provided beneath the building. The basement was designed as a secant piled wall concrete “box” which formed the podium for the building. The superstructure comprised in-situ concrete slabs supported on composite steel beams with in-situ concrete cores providing stability.