• Client: University of Ireland, Cork
  • Architect: McCullough Mulvin Architects
  • Quantity Surveyor: John J Casey
  • Duration: January 2014 - July 2015
  • Contract value: £8.4m
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UCC Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory Building.

The project comprised of the full fit-out and phased construction of the new Beaufort Maritime and Energy Research Laboratory Building.  The works included a single storey high volume marine testing hall having 4 separate water test tanks, associated workshops and plant room, together with adjoining five storey research support office accommodation, meeting rooms, administration, canteen and reception area including the fit-out of offices. The fit-out of the test hall, consisting of high level gantry crane and mobile access platforms, also formed part of the works.

External works consisted of the construction of separate ancillary sub-station and switch room, internal access road and associated 89no. space car-park, boundary fence treatment, workshop material storage bins, site signage and soft landscaping works. The works also included creating an outfall to Cork Harbour with trench works below the High Water level, and all in compliance with Particulars of the Works as set out in the Architect’s, Structural Engineer’s and Services Engineer’s drawings.

The SFI Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) will be housed in the Beaufort Building, and will act as a catalyst to Ireland establishing a safe, sustainable and profitable marine energy supply for domestic and international markets through its collaborative and integrated approach with academia and industry.