This project consisted of the installation of a new, high tensile membrane roof structure over the existing courtyard of the historical Milk Market in Limerick. Also as part of the project, a new steel framed pavillion building was constructed which houses permanent market stalls and a mezzanine floor overlooking the revamped market courtyard. The entire courtyard was refurbished including new foul & surface water sewers & new polished concrete slabs.
Dennany Reidy Associates acted as consulting civil & structural engineers for the project. As part of our brief, we designed the foundation system for the tensile roof structure. The roof structure is stressed and exerts high vertical & horizontal loads into the foundations. The design of the foundations also had to take into account the close proximity of the protected milk market units around the courtyard. Also, the medieval city walls were exposed underneath parts of the market courtyard. Our foundation solution included the installation of a system of vertical & raking tension & compression piles with a pile cap below ground level. Reinforced concrete elements were designed to connect the pile cap & the roof structure tripods at the 4 corners of the courtyard.
Dennany Reidy Associates were also responsible for the re-design of the courtyard foul & surface water sewers and market slab construction. DRA also carried out the structural design of the Pavillion building.
Our scope of works included the Structural Design of the Pavillion Building, Structural Design of the Foundations to the Tensile Roof Structure and the Civil Engineering design of the new courtyard & associated drainage.
The Architects for the Project were Healy Partners Architects Limerick. The client was the Limerick Market Trustees. The Milk Market Development has proved to be a huge success in Limerick City and DRA are delighted to have contributed to the success of this development. Details on the award can be found on the RIAI Website
For more details, including photos and a Time Lapse video of the construction of the Milk Market, click HERE
Please see photos and a time lapse video of the installation of the tensile roof structure below: