Guinness Storehouse, Dublin

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  • Location
    Dublin
  • Sector
    Leisure
  • Main Client
    Diageo
  • Architect & Engineer
    Arup
  • Steelwork Contractor
    Steel & Roofing Systems
  • Westok Solution
    Westok Cellular Beams

Guinness Brewery

Ireland’s most popular tourist site, The Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, is in the process of a major expansion of its facilities.

Diageo’s €16 million investment will focus on two developments; doubling the size of the ‘Gravity bar’ which allows 360 degree panoramic view of Dublin city, as well as creation of a new three storey Hub adjacent to the Storehouse building containing Westok cellular beams.

Iconic piece of Dublin

The Storehouse is an iconic piece of Dublin Structural Engineering and can claim to be arguably Europe’s very first multi-storey steel framed building.

The former Fermenting House was designed by Hignett and Arrol for the Guinness Brewery, and was completed in 1905.

Drawing inspiration from Chicago, the Storehouse is an eight storey steel-framed structure, boasting box columns supporting plate girders with moment resistant end connections.

The Storehouse

The girder connections are site riveted down the full depth of the beam. Now referred to as The Guinness Storehouse, it was originally a fermenting house, where wort (the liquor from brewing the malt) was fermented for several days with brewer’s yeast to turn sugar into alcohol.

Kloeckner | Westok assisted Arup to develop the flooring solution to the Hub Extension. Steel & Roofing Systems of Kilkenny have completed many Westok projects in recent years, and SRS have been appointed steel fabricator for this scheme.