CASE STUDIES – GALVANIZING2017-03-28T10:54:28+00:00



Kilbogget Park Flood Storage System

The innovative Kilbogget Park Flood Storage System was designed to protect properties downstream in the Wyattville and Killiney environs from flash flooding. All steel elements were galvanized to protect the structure from the river water.

Kilbogget Park Flood Storage System was built to hold back water in the stream during very heavy rainfall and to allow waters to build up safely in the wetland area for a short period of time.

The structure was constructed within the park on the outlet of the Deansgrange stream into an existing culvert, which runs […]

Galvanized Balconies, Harpers Creek, Cork

Harper’s Creek is a new high-quality development of A-rated family homes situated on a beautiful, greenfield site bounded by millennia-old limestone walls. Meticulous attention to detail has been given to ensure these beautiful homes become timeless properties.

In an exceptional natural setting of the Glounthaune Estuary, Harper’s Creek is in one of the best-connected locations in the greater Cork area.

The build quality, the highest standard of interior finishes, and the considered layouts of each house type ensure that the properties will retain their appeal and value well into the future.

Each home […]

Protecting The New Children’s Hospital

The new National Children’s Hospital in Dublin continues to develop. Galco is proud to be involved in protecting the project`s steelwork against corrosion and also applying intumescent paint passive fire protection.

The hospital, which is under construction at St James’s Hospital in Dublin 8, is due to open in the second half of 2024. It will be 7 storeys at its highest and be the size of Dundrum Town Centre, with an internal street the length of Grafton Street.

Galco has galvanized approximately 450 tonnes of curved sections for the roof structure […]

Pelletstown Train Station: Complete Corrosion Protection

The newest Pelletstown train station on Ireland’s rail network has recently been opened in North Dublin. The steel elements were hot dip galvanized then painted with Galco’s Galvacoat paint system, the perfect way to ensure that the project will serve the community corrosion-free for decades.

The Pelletstown Station is situated between Ashtown and Broombridge stations on the Dublin to Maynooth/M3 Parkway line.

It comprises two platforms, a footbridge and ramp access between platforms, along with a second footbridge and accessible ramp over the canal.

The station represents an investment of €10.5 million, […]

Galvanised Steel in Pálás Cinema

Galway’s Pálás cinema designed by dePaor Architects, won the Detail Award in the Galvanizers Association GAGA competition. Galvanized steel was chosen in Pálás for its texture and colour, flat against the west of Ireland sky. It is good with limestone and concrete and it weathers to a soft grey and chimes with street furniture.

Pálás is a three-screen arthouse cinema and cultural space in the UNESCO city of film- Galway. Designed by Architect Tom de Paor, Pálás is a concrete monolith, five storey over double-height basement housing a three-screen independent […]

Sustainable Fr. Collins Park

Fr. Collins Park is Ireland’s first wind powered and wholly sustainable park, and was designed by the Argentinian architects Abelleyro & Romero. It has the capacity to be entirely energy self-sufficient with five wind turbines that harness the wind and provide the energy that powers the park’s lighting, aeration and water features as well as the maintenance depots and sports changing rooms.

The park has since won a number of awards such as The Sustainability Award 2010, Best Public Space 2010, and Best Public Park & Best Environmentally Friendly Initiative for […]

Biodiversity in St. Anne’s Park

As St. Anne’s Park is the largest recreational park in the Northside of Dublin and is used by thousands of people yearly, we decided to enhance the landmark tree sculpture at the edge of the park on the Howth Road. This tree is approx. 100  years old and rather than letting it deteriorate following storms and the ravages of being beside the coast, DCC Parks commissioned an international tree sculptor, Tommy Graggs, to decorate it.

His brief was to represent the Biodiversity of the area in three levels – Air, Land & Water, showing various […]

Galvanized Park Equipment

Parks are a key feature of new urban centres and provide essential green spaces and amenities for local residents. As Hot Dip Galvanized steel lasts over 50 years without maintenance it is one of the key materials used in providing galvanized park furnishings such as galvanized picnic benches, shelters, gym equipment, gates, railings and lighting. It is also used in many sculptures and other forms of decorative artwork as seen here.

Hot Dip Galvanizing is a strong, durable and natural material that combines zinc and iron to provide a sustainable coating […]

National Ambulance Base

The National Ambulance Service opened its new Ambulance Base in Drimnagh in May 2017.  

The new HSE National Ambulance base is on a five-hectare site and is owned by the Health Service Executive. The new base houses 38 ambulances, motorcycles, paediatric ambulances and rapid response vehicles. Duplex System for Corrosion Protection was applied by Galco Dublin.

The Davitt Road site was chosen due to its proximity to St James’ Hospital and the new National Children’s Hospital as well as the Coombe and Our Lady’s in Crumlin. It also has speedy access to […]

Finglas Apartment Complex

Hot Dip Galvanizing, combined with Galco’s Galvacoat paint system was the perfect way to protect and finish the 400 balconies and railings on Dwyer Nolan’s new development at Hampton Wood.

The challenge for Pat O’Gorman & Associates and Kevin Cassidy Engineering was to design these balconies in such a way that they were easy to fabricate, easy to galvanize and paint and easy to erect on site. It was also critical that they provided a safe and rustproof structure with a long, predictable life. By designing them in a modular kit […]

Cedar Brook – Sustainable Model for Urban Living

Dublin’s conventional suburban “semi-d” has often been quoted as an unsustainable solution with a need for greater housing density and affordability required. Cedar Brook, originally developed in 2003, provides a radically different affordable housing scheme, billed at the time as ‘the first of its type’ in Ireland and a ‘model for housing developments throughout the country’.

A joint venture by Park Developments, John Sisk & Son and Dublin City Council, it contains 374 apartments and terraced houses on a 10-acre site in Cherry Orchard, giving a remarkable density of 37 homes per […]

Volvo Ocean Race

The Galway leg of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race was another huge success for the city. More than 20,000 people turned out to welcome the boats into harbour for what proved to be a memorable finish to this year’s event. The race is the worlds premier offshore race, 6 boats compete around the world over nine ocean and ten in-port races starting on the 29th October and finishing up in Galway on the 7th of July.

An event of […]

Super Marts at Kilkenny & Ardee

We profile two new Mart developments at Ardee and Kilkenny that required galvanizing treatment as an integral part of their fabrication and construction.

Project: Ardee Livestock Mart

The new livestock mart complex is just off the M1 motorway at Ardee, Co. Louth. It relocated to this brand new out-of-town premises in April 2006. Serving farmers across the North East, it is a busy place with thousands of cattle and sheep travelling though the premises each year. Keeping animals moving smoothly is a function of the […]

Galvanizing the Glucksman

Lewis Glucksman Gallery, Cork

The Lewis Glucksman gallery is a showcase for UCC’s art, ethnographic and scientific collections and the personal initiative of UCC president, Gerry Wrixon. A wooded limestone precipice overlooking the Lee’s meandering south channel dominates the campus, once the site of an ancient Augustinian abbey. Perched on the cliff top is a three-sided, south-facing Gothic quad of white limestone quarried from the escarpment.

Mindful of the heritage and the natural beauty of the Leeside setting, architects O’Donnell and Tuomey have created a building that has been has been described […]

Galvanized Fermoy Toll Plaza

Galvanized Fermoy Toll Plaza built to last over 100 years
We specified galvanizing from Galco Steel for the first coat because it was going to be exposed to the elements and it needed protection from de-icing salt. The structure is designed to last 120 years, so we needed a long-life solution – that’s why galvanizing was chosen .”
Tim O’Shea, Engineer, FTC

TRAVELLING down the 17½ km motorway that comprises Cork’s brand new Rathcormac/ Fermoy Bypass, two small satellite toll plazas on each side hint at what’s to come. Eventually, the new white […]

The Elephant House – I’ve Got a Crush on You!

The investment by Dublin Zoo of over €4.5 million in a new 8,000 square metre elephant enclosure demonstrates the importance attached to this world-leading breeding programme of Asian elephants. The elephant enclosure was recently opened to the public by An Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern who praised the Zoo’s work in elephant conservation. The enclosure will house Bernhardine, Yasmin, Anak and new arrival Asha, the first elephant born in Ireland.
The elephant house is a fairly straightforward galvanized steel frame structure with metal clad roof. Internal gantries support the pen divisions and gates […]

Croke Park Reaches New Heights

Galco are proud to have been involved with the newly opened Etihad Croke Park Skyline.
Over 100 tonnes of steel were used to complete the project, 5 viewing platforms which include a specially designed walkway section suspended above the Croke Park pitch offer unique perspectives of Dublin’s celebrated landmarks.
Installed within the existing roof structure of the Cusack, Hogan and Davin stands, the 14 meter three dimensional (U-Truss) walkway sections were fabricated by Siac Butler Steel at their facility in Portlaoise before being transported to Galco for hot dip galvanising.
Weight constraints required […]

Civic Cork Offices

For the second time in three years an Irish project has been the overall winner of the Galvanizing Awards. These awards are organised by the Galvanizers Association and are open to entries from projects in both the UK and Ireland. Like the previous winner from 2006 the Glucksman Gallery in UCC (see pg 16, 17), this project is a major public building in Cork City and is an appropriate continuation of Cork’s previous role as European City of Culture.

This project was originally conceived by Cork City Council and in late […]

Navan Credit Union – in Action

“The future must be green or we won’t have a future,” says Paul Leech, Ecotect, Architect and Engineer. A man passionate about promoting sustainable construction in Ireland. Paul is principal director of architects GAIA Ecotecture and a founding member of éasca, the Environmental and Sustainable Construction Association, which was set up to promote the viability of sustainable construction in Ireland. Paul believes Ireland’s commitment to reducing national emissions levels under the Kyoto Protocol is beginning to force the hand of the construction industry. Éasca was formed to respond to this […]

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