Dr Tony Ryan Academy, City West Business Park, D 22

The Dr Tony Ryan Academy comprises a single storey administration building and two distinctive 18 metre high egg shaped titanium clad pods incorporating 2 lecture theatres, reading and meeting areas, seminar room, office space and canteen. The complexity of the pod structures was dictated by the steel shell which formed the basis for construction. The second phase involved intricate first fix timber members bolted to the structural steel in both horizontal and vertical planes to which the titanium was then secured.

Client: Taracad Ltd
Floor Area: 998 sqm.
Value: €4.14m
Architects: de Blacam & Meagher
Quantity Surveyor: Bruce Shaw Partnership
Structural Engineer: Burke Jenkins Consulting Engineers
Service Engineer: R.N. Murphy & Associates
Project Management: Bruce Shaw Project Management

“The Tony Ryan Academy is conceived as a building for the 21st century, open planned, naturally lit and ventilated and thus being economic to run and very environmentally friendly with minimal CO2 emissions normally associated with such buildings. The building is architecturally conceived as a great glazed hall, elevated above the landscape to which are attached the lecture theatres in the form of tall titanium shells which by their sheer heights and volume act as “chimneys” for their ventilation and do not require air conditioning, typical for such spaces.

Townlink were excellent to work with. They were undaunted by the construction challenges the unique shape of the titanium shells presented. Their constant communication, enthusiasm and attention to detail throughout the building process was critical to the creation and success of this building”

John Flood, de Blacam & Me