Grafton Capital Hotel
Hotel refurbishment

  • Location
    Stephen Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland
  • Sector
    Hotel / Leisure
  • Main Contractor
    MP Construction
  • Steelwork Contractor
    Fox Bros. Engineering
  • Westok Solution
    800kg/mtr Westok Plate Beams

Dublin hotel refurbishment

Located in the fashionable and cultural area, situated just off Grafton Street and close to the left bank quarter of the city, the Grafton Capital is one of the best located hotels in Dublin. The ambiance in this hotel really captures the tradition and culture of Georgian Dublin and it’s getting a face lift.

Westok solution

Road closures were needed to hoist the monstrous 800 kg/m Plate Beams into place on the confined city centre site. Fox Brothers turned to Kloeckner Westok for assistance to ensure the tight programme was not put in jeopardy. Construction of the hotel extension was contingent on the safe erection of these key structural components.

John Callanan, Kloeckner Westok’s Design Team Manager explained, “Fox Bros were under considerable programme pressure to erect the transfer beams on a weekend road closure, and requested a very tight turnaround on the beams. The Plate Girders are enormous, with 80mm flanges required to carry six stories of hotel accommodation over an existing ESB substation which couldn’t be moved.”

Structural Engineers, JJ Campbell & Associates designed a cantilever / back-span arrangement to carry the hotel extension over the ESB substation.

Kloeckner Westok manufactured the Plate Girders on the firms’ sub-merged arc T&I line. John explained, “These multi-run 20mm FW Plate Girders were ideally suited to our automated Plate Girder line, and we successfully delivered these 11T girders on time for Fox Bros in Co. Wexford”.

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