St. Angelas College in Cork City Centre was re-occupied by the 550 students plus staff on 4th January
last. Malachy Walsh and Partners provided civil and structural engineering plus temporary works design
for the contractor on this new build secondary school project on an enclosed and very steep city centre
site. The project included the retention and conservation of 4 separate listed buildings. The proximity
of adjacent properties and the brief requirement to excavate up to 6m into hard sandstone rock means
that specialist excavation, temporary works and monitoring techniques were developed for the project.
The project required the design of large retaining walls, six storey high new buildings and substantial
conservation works on this Public Works Contract project. Sustainability informed many design choices
such as the use of GGBS cement, layout design of structural supports to maximise natural daylight and
the design of large fl ues within the structural form of the building to assist with natural ventilation.