Work has started on a new landmark 1,400-seat cinema complex in the city of Kilkenny, Ireland. Kloeckner Westok provided free design guidance and calculations to MPA Consulting Engineers, who were tasked with developing a cost-effective clear span solution, which fulfilled the requirements for significant building service integration within the strict depth limits set by Brian Dunlop Architects.
Kloeckner Westok beams are ideally suited to the Retail/Leisure sector, where clear spans, shallow depths and service integration are key requirements, and Westok’s Irish portfolio in this important sector continues to grow.
In fact, Westok has a long history of delivering projects in Kilkenny as our Design Team Manager, John Callanan explains, “We’re delighted to see this project come to fruition following commencement of design work in June 2017. We have helped to deliver many schemes over the years in and around Kilkenny, including nice jobs like Nowlan Park GAA, Paulstown Retail Services at J7 of the M9, and MLM Car Showroom/Motors for local structural steelwork fabricator Steel & Roofing Systems”.
Kloeckner Westok’s design service is particularly busy with Irish enquiries, with John commenting, “All of the big firms across the island, as well as the smaller firms continue to engage with us. It is pleasing to see Irish engineers recognising the value in using our free design service. With our processing capabilities now including fabrication of Cambered and Asymmetric beams, use of Westok Cellular, Plate and Shallow beams is set to continue to grow across Ireland”.
At Kilkenny the 10-screen cinema complex scheme comprises a series of column free “cinema boxes” and an entrance area/foyer. Clear span Westok rafters frame out the cinema boxes with 450mm diameter cells providing MEP integration and future proofing. Shallow 450mm deep Westoks were designed for the foyer area carrying hollowcore units, where beam depths were required to be kept to an absolute minimum.
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