The arrival of St. Patrick’s Day has given Neaco pause to celebrate and reflect on the many fantastic Irish projects which feature our products. With that in mind, we’ve listed five of our most high profile specifications on the Emerald Isle…
St. James’s Gate Brewery
Founded in 1759, St. James’s Gate Brewery is one of Dublin’s most iconic visitor attractions and its main produce – the world-famous Guinness stout – is sure to enjoy a surge in consumption across the globe for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Neaco’s Techdek open mesh flooring has been specified for maintenance access walkways on the brewery’s towering silos.
Peace Bridge, Londonderry
At 312 metres, this stunning bridge design is approximately the same length as two and a half football pitches and stretches from Guildhall Square on the west bank to Ebrington on the east bank. With two structural arms heading in opposite directions, symbolising the unification of Catholic and Protestant communities on the opposite sides of the Foyle River, the bridge forms a symbolic handshake across the water. The bridge has been embraced by citizens and has significantly changed people’s perceptions of the city. It has become a focal point of major events, including the New Year celebrations. Neaco supplied our Techdek metal grate flooring for the bridge’s cycle way.
T2, Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport’s 75,000 square metre T2 is an iconic gateway to Ireland which has been awarded the Corus Structural Steel Design Award 2010 and the CMG Building Design Awards Public Building of the Year 2010 as voted by the general public. This visually striking building has curvaceous, fluid forms achieved via the clever use of standard elements and components. Neaco provided a major contribution with a roof access walkway specification for over 50,000 square metres of roofing.
Living Bridge, Limerick
Designed by WilkinsonEyre, the Living Bridge formed part of the University of Limerick’s ambitious plans for expansion to the north of the River Shannon. The river is a signature feature of the University’s campus and the bridge design works in harmony with its natural environment. Crossing the river and its embankments in five spans, the structure invites pedestrians to linger to admire the scenery with wider platforms for use as resting places or spaces for public art. Neaco supplied our Techdek metal grating system for the bridge’s pedestrian and cycle paths.
Grand Canal Dock
As part of the Dublin’s Docklands regeneration, the Grand Canal Dock area has experienced some of the city’s most extensive redevelopment in recent years. Circa 370,000 square metres of commercial space and 2,600 residential units will eventually be built. Following the arrival of tech giants such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Airbnb, the area has acquired the unofficial title of ‘Silicon Docks.’ Neaco supplied a bespoke modification to our Techdek metal decking (pictured below) for one of the development’s pedestrian bridges, incorporating tactile strips to alert the visually impaired when they are nearing a step.