The new headquarters for Clare County Council provide 8,600 Sq.m. of offices for 300 staff, configured around a public concourse, as well as meeting rooms, staff canteen, a laboratory, Council chamber and 320 car parking spaces.
The existing site is a long established base for Clare County Council within walking and cycling distance from Ennis Town centre. The existing county council offices were demolished and the site cleared for the building of the new complex. The demolition materials were segregated and the concrete elements were crushed and re-used as fill on the site.
The building form comprises 3 storey over basement spine block of accommodation which runs North/South in the centre of the site. An open public Concourse and central atrium straddle the western facade of the spine block and link it to the eastern blocks.
The building was designed as a green building incorporating natural ventilation, Eco cement was used in the reinforced concrete elements and space heating is assisted by a wood pellet boiler.
The buildings foundations were cast on the underlying bedrock formation. All of the underground basement office areas were designed to Grade 3 performance specification.
The surface water drainage was attenuated on site with the car parks utilizing form-pave permeable paving system vastly reducing the volume of water that would normally enter the surface water drainage system.
The structural solution for the project comprised reinforced concrete frame supporting precast concrete wide slab units with in situ concrete topping. The cantilever walkways in the atrium space were designed using composite steel decking with insitu concrete supported using steel beam sections.
OCSC also designed a new entrance incorporating new road junction with new right hand turn lane in conjunction with the Local Authority’s road design engineers.