|Clarion Suites Hotel, Limerick|
The Clarion Suites 4-star Hotel is the re-development of the Ardhu Ryan Hotel in Limerick in the south west of Ireland. The existing hotel comprised a Georgian Manor with a 1960’s bedroom block and restaurant. The Georgian Manor has been refurbished to a high standard to include the public hotel areas including administration, reception, restaurant, and conference facilities.
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The superstructure of the existing bedroom block was a five storey concrete frame over a one storey basement, with precast concrete panel cladding. The existing bedroom block was demolished to foundation level and the existing foundations were reused for the new development.
The superstructure was constructed using tunnel form construction; it was the first use of this system in the Republic of Ireland. The tunnel form system is based on repetition, which is ideal for buildings of modular layout, including hotels, apartment blocks and student accommodation. The system uses large pre-fabricated L-shaped steel tables which are craned into place. Through careful specification of structural concrete and pre-fabrication of reinforcement the contractor was able to pour 24 linear metres of wall and 88m2 of concrete every 24 hours.
The concrete finish to the walls only required a light skim. All the services were placed in the walls prior to the concrete pours. The overall area of the bedroom block was 2840m2, and the construction period for the structural frame was 3 months. The contractor decreased the length of the programme by 4 weeks by choosing the tunnel form system; thus meeting the project deadlines set by the client.