Project: Arklow Primary Care Centre
Main Contractor: Esmonde Developments
Product: Precast Hollowcore Flooring, Precast Stairs and Landings
Mannok’s Precast team have successfully completed works on another large-scale healthcare facility, in partnership with leading Irish construction company, Esmonde Developments. The Arklow Primary Care Centre is the third in a series of projects across Ireland on which Mannok was selected as a key supplier of all precast concrete elements in the build by Esmonde, following successful projects in Wicklow and Cabra.
Wicklow-based Esmonde Developments are reputed as one of Ireland’s leading Developers in the health and care construction sector, with a proven track record in delivering high-quality healthcare, care home, residential and commercial developments for over 40 years.
According to Esmonde’s Construction Project Manager, Eddie Hogan, it was their previous experience of working with Mannok on the construction of a 100-bed state-of-the-art residential care centre in Wicklow and a second, 5,000m2 care home in Cabra, Dublin, which secured the contract for the Arklow project.
“On all our projects Mannok have hit our criteria for health and safety, quality and environment, which are three areas that we take very seriously at Esmonde Developments. My experience with Mannok has been good so far on the three projects that we’ve dealt with them. They’ve always arrived on time; they’ve always hit the milestones we wanted them to hit.
I would be delighted to work with Mannok again and hope to in the future.”
Eddie Hogan, Esmonde Developments
The new 8,000m2 Arklow Primary Care Centre will serve Arklow town and the surrounding areas with a state-of-the-art healthcare building providing G.P. Suites, Dental Surgeries, Public Health Nursing, Care Doc services, Mental Health, Therapy and network disability services to the general public. The modern design concept will create a warm, inviting & elegant building with compelling architectural features to complement the existing urban fabric of Arklow Town.
Mannok were contracted to design, manufacture, deliver and install all precast concrete elements in the purpose-built four storey steel frame building, which included a total of 5,000m2 of Mannok precast hollowcore slabs and 50 precast stairs and landings.
Precast fitting works took place in Q1 2021 and were professionally and safely completed by the experienced Mannok installation crew in a tight timeframe of five weeks.
Mannok’s end to end service offering on the project meant a collaborative approach to success was in operation long before a slab was laid or a staircase made, with the undertaking of an extensive value engineering process at an early stage, which enabled Mannok’s experienced Design Engineers to advise Esmonde on the most cost effective, bespoke design solution.
With a total of 80 loads of Precast concrete elements delivered to site and the requirement for 2 mobile cranes at one point, with the larger a mobile 220t crane, to complete the fitting, the site’s location and surrounds were important considerations at every stage. Set on a 0.46 hectare site, nestled between busy main roads in the heart of Arklow town centre, the project demanded a high degree of pre-planning and extensive collaboration with all stakeholders to ensure safe and considerate construction.
Led by one of the company’s most experienced Contracts Managers, the Mannok team worked in partnership with all key stakeholders, including Local Authorities, to precision plan and safely execute all works, including the co-ordination of required road closures and incorporating out of hours installation into the challenging Programme of Works to minimise disruption to the public.
Timing is critical to the success any large-scale project, and this Programme of Works, the speed of installation and Mannok’s “just in time” deliveries closely co-ordinated with the Steel Fabricators, all contributed to the safe and efficient completion of works, on time, on budget, and to the client’s specification.