Clarion Hotel, Limerick

  • Client:
  • Steamboat Quay Developments Limited
  • Architect:
  • Murray O'Laoire Architects
  • Value(€ million):
  • 15
  • Value($ million):
  • 21
  • Completion date:
  • 2002
  • PUNCH services:
  • Civil, Structural

PUNCH Consulting Engineers provided Civil and Structural engineering services on this project.  The distinctive oval floor plates of the tower are formed in 250 mm thick cast-in-situ concrete flat slabs with two reinforced concrete shear cores extending the full building height.  A 1.2m thick RC podium slab was constructed at ground floor level and includes integrated pile caps.  This design provides the design solution to the sensitive tidal construction required to support the building.  The swimming pool is another feature of the building, located towards the river elevation of first floor, and affords dramatic views of the estuary to the West.  The final structure is now elegantly balanced over the water, defining the approach to Limerick city in an innovative, modern and dramatic way.

The Clarion Hotel in Limerick is a landmark high rise structure standing 53.0m tall on the waterfront marking the approaches to Limerick from the west of Ireland in dramatic style. The 158 room, 17-storey building and adjacent two-storey pavilion were completed 2002 and the tower is among the half dozen tallest buildings in Ireland.

The Clarion Hotel is dramatically positioned, straddling the old 19th Century quay wall.  The ground floor podium slab, which incorporates integral pile caps, sits some 4.0m over low tide, cantilevering 4.5m over the outermost pile line. As the main shear core is positioned over the water, all shear and bending loads from the core were designed by PUNCH to transmit via the podium slab to piles including raking, tension piles and rock anchors.  Construction of the podium piles and slab presented their own challenges and required the construction of a temporary hardcore working platform in the River Shannon.

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