Páirc Uí Chaoimh – Stadium Redevelopment

Jun 26, 2015

Byrne Looby have recently been engaged by the piling contractor, PJ Edwards & Co. Limited, to complete the detailed design of the foundation piles for Phase 1 of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh redevelopment in Cork. The initial phase, which is currently underway, involves the installation of over 600 foundation piles for the construction of the new south stand at the famous Cork venue. When completed the stadium capacity shall be boosted to 45,000, with many more playing and training facilities to be provided in addition to the increased capacity. 

The stadium is located on the south banks of the River Lee to the east of Cork city centre. The site is situated in an area of reclaimed mud flats in the Lee Estuary. Substantial geotechnical investigations were completed in the lead up to the tendering process, with some exploratory boreholes extended to depths of up 52m below ground level without encountering bedrock. Given the reclaimed nature of the site, difficult ground conditions have been highlighted in the site investigation with significant depths of soft and loose alluvial and estuarine deposits overlying more competent glaciofluvial materials at depth.

Byrne Looby assisted PJ Edwards during the tendering process, completing a tender design which identified some significant design and construction related risks.

Following the successful tendering process, Byrne Looby have designed a round of preliminary pile load testing to validate the design assumptions made at tender stage. This preliminary pile load testing is currently underway with the first results expected in the coming days, at which stage the detailed design shall commence.