|The Strand Hotel, Limerick|
This radical new seven storey hotel development, located on the existing single story Strand Hotel site, has revitalized the heart of Limerick City Quays. Located directly adjacent to the Ennis Road and Sarsfield Bridge, this new development offers a state of the art 200 bedroom hotel & leisure centre, 180 modern apartments, and 360 underground car parking spaces. The leisure centre includes a health & beauty spa, a 20m swimming pool, a plunge pool, sauna & steam room, a jacuzzi and also a large function room hall.
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There are two primary hotel blocks, 6 and 7 stories high respectively, connected by a 7-storey high glazing and feature steelwork atrium with panoramic lift cores. The cantilevering hotel suite balconies present panoramic views of Limerick City Castle and the River Shannon from behind a suspended, 5 storey architecturally glazed screen.
In the leisure centre, to facilitate architectural requirements, both the swimming pool and function hall areas are constructed free of columns using 12m and 18m steel lattice trusses respectively. Each truss weighs in excess of 33 tonnes, and carry the 6 and 7 stories of hotel located directly above.
There is also an associated apartment development adjacent, consisting of 4 main blocks varying in height from 3 storey to 5 storey all radially situated around a suspended garden slab. The apartment structures are situated on top of 2 levels of car park structure and are entirely supported on large in-situ reinforced concrete transfer structures.