The Guinness Enterprise Centre is a non-profit leading shared working space, focused on becoming one of Europe’s greatest super-entrepreneurial hubs. To fulfil this vision, the Guinness Enterprise Centre is embarking on a major €10 million expansion which will almost double centre capacity.
The GEC will add an additional two floors on top of the building, which will allow for the creation of up to 1500 jobs to be created over the next 5 years as a direct result of the redevelopment.
The complexity of the project was huge, as the building would have its roof completely removed to allow the work to commence on erecting steel for the additional two floors.
One of the main complexities was that the building would be occupied during redevelopment, and that the concrete roof slab would be exposed throughout the project until the new structure achieved water tightness – hence it was imperative that this system performed as expected.
Main Contractor Flynn contacted SDG requesting a specialist proposal for a temporary waterproofing system which would:
SDG coordinated closely with Koster UK to develop an innovative system build up that would surpass the client’s requirements and expectations.
We proposed the use of Koster NB1 Grey as the main waterproofing product, along with Koster MS Flex Foil for sealing complex details such as sealing around timber structures protecting cables. Koster NB1 is a crystalline cementitious migratory slurry, when once applied mechanically fuses to the substrate, forming a watertight barrier. Once cured, the NB1 offers a compressive strength of 35 N/mm², along with a flexural strength in excess of 10 N/mm². This allowed the product to withstand foot traffic within just two days and offer a safe surface to walk on due to its non-slip finish.
SDG liaised with experienced installer Advanced Flooring Systems to apply the system to specification.
AFS were successfully awarded the contract for the application of the temporary waterproofing system.
SDG working with Todd Architects designed and supplied a unique jointing system of acoustic ceilings expertly installed by Castle Ceilings.
SDG are the supply partner of Bekaert Murfor Compact, which was used to reinforce the external masonry. Used by MG Construction Murfor Compact offered a fast, simple and economical way of reinforcing masonry walls.
SDG working alongside Doran Consulting from design stage right through to advising the construction team on site reference installation best practice for bridge bearings at this Belfast project.
LIV Student Accommodation with over 11 floors of Shearail® used to increase the shear resistance of a slab, and safety transfers the shear load from the slab to the column.
At SDG our knowledge of the impact of the correct acoustics in different environments grows it is no surprise that the education sector is one area where you can’t afford to be complacent.
Through the use of the BT turnbuckle on these LIDL store projects it has been possible to reduce the temporary bracing, increase safety and shorten the assembly time for the precast wall elements , it ticks all our the boxes. We are excited to implement it in our future projects.
SDG have always gone above and beyond for us. With SDG’s technical support our team have the ability to use the most effective and innovative solutions to improve quality, save time and perform more effectively.
I spoke to Ciaran Donnelly and after a few subsequent drawings emailed back and forth we agreed on the detail. SDG had the assembly on site within 3 days and saved us a lot of time on site with cutting and welding. We were able to lower the assembly into place in one piece with no concerns. I would most definitely engage in this service again.