School of Pharmacy, University College Cork

Project Title School of Pharmacy, University College Cork
ClientUCC Buildings and Estates
ArchitectScott Tallon Walker
TPE Consulting Engineers ServicesCivil, Structural, Environmental & Services
Value$20 Million
Completion Date2005


Project Description


The new School of Pharmacy building at University College Cork was part of a brief in which the client called for an architecturally outstanding building that would stand the test of time.  The available site was the last significant site on the western precinct of the college campus and the development deals sensitively with the road frontage to College Road and creates a high quality external area to enhance the environment on this part of the campus.

TPE Consulting Engineers Works

The overall project consists of lecture theatres, computer aided learning (CAL) rooms, tutorial rooms, specialist laboratories in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Spectroscopy, formulation, Physiology/ Pharmacology, Practice of Pharmacy etc, a small clean room facility, dedicated research laboratories, offices, meeting rooms and a small restaurant.  

Civil & Structural

In view of the site space available and the wide arrange of accommodation needs briefed by the end users, the building was recognized to be extremely service intensive.  Several structural alternatives were investigated and the chosen combination of precast and in-situ reinforced concrete was largely dictated by service requirements. The close proximity of the adjacent hospital necessitated strict dust and contamination controls.  TPE Consulting Engineers were instrumental in the formulation of construction constraints in order to address the concerns of the hospital management. 

Environmental & Services Engineering

TPE Consulting Engineers undertook extensive research into the provision of blast relief systems for laboratories employing hydrogen gas as part of this project.  This is a complex design subject and valuable experience was gained.  The client required strict compliance with procurement rules and budget overruns could not be tolerated.  Any design changes were the subject of investigation and costing prior to instruction.  TPE Consulting Engineers completed the design with minimal deviation from tendered details.  This reinforces the value of time spent at design stage in order to minimize costly contractual claims.