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Main Canopy, Workhouse Square, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny, Ireland

Main Canopy, Workhouse Square, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny, Ireland

Main Canopy and entrance facades, Workhouse Square, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny, Ireland

Lean-to Canopy, Workhouse Square, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny, Ireland

Entrance Facade, Workhouse Square, McDonagh Junction, Kilkenny, Ireland
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McDonagh Station, Kilkenny, Ireland


Surrounded by listed heritage buildings, the 1600m workhouse square courtyard covered by a glazed MERO canopy, is the heart of a new 50 unit shopping mall that is the anchor of the McDonagh Junction redevelopment.

Entirely self supported from sixteen CHS columns, the 38m x 39m canopy is constructed from 114 diameter curved members in pre-welded ladder segments that are site welded together. Lightweight secondary carrier channels bolt to each member, supporting facetted glass panels via drained bearing gaskets and flush silicone joints. Whilst most of the perimeter experiences a 300-400mm ventilation and movement gap to the surrounding buildings, there are two areas with larger gaps that are closed with a frameless vertical glass rainscreen hung from the canopy.

In the crown of the main roof, automatic opening vents are glazed into the roof using the same glazing system as the glass panels, and compliment the perimeter ventilation gap to provide smoke and natural ventilation regulation to the courtyard area.

To one side of the courtyard, MERO-SCHMIDLIN also provided a secondary monopitch canopy lapping underneath the main roof. Featuring bespoke tapering triangular support sections and two separate glass facades with frameless glass doors, this canopy fits around an independent listed building to control public access into the courtyard.

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Project Title:
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Workhouse Square Canopy, McDonagh Station, Kilkenny, Ireland
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_ Scope of Works: Entire Structure and cladding to main courtyard roof and secondary lean-to canopy and facades, incorporating mansafe systems, drainage and insect ingress protection.
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_ Cladding Details:

1606m 17.5mm thick laminated single glazed panels comprising: 8mm outer, ceramic frit to face 2, 1.52mm California XIR PVB laminate Interlayer, 8mm Inner 33m 17.5mm thick laminated single glazed panels comprising: 8mm outer, 1.52mm clear PVB laminate interlayer, 8mm inner 17m 10mm thick toughened single glazed panels
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_ Steelwork Details: Main Canopy: 49 tonnes of steelwork tubes (244.5dia x 16 CHS columns, 139.7dia x 10CHS column arms, 114.3x6.3 CHS roof members) 1.7 tonnes Aluminium Glazing support Channels 12mm stainless steel tension rods
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_ Year of Completion: 2007
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_ Contract Duration: 12 months
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_ Client: Chesterbridge Developments Ltd.
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_ Architect: Anthony Reddy Associates
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_ Main Contractor: McNamara Construction
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