Mardyke Arena

Mardyke Arena with extension

Mardyke Arena - Solar Exposure Analysis

North West Elevation

Mardyke Arena, UCC Squad/Athlete Strength and Conditioning Gym

UCC plan to build a 420 m2 dedicated Squad / Athlete Strength & Conditioning Gym at the Mardyke Arena UCC.

This facility will meet the needs of:

  1. All UCC focus teams and sports
  2. All UCC Quercus Sports Scholarship students
  3. International and Olympic athletes attending UCC
  4. Support the Mardyke Arena UCC 'Emerging Talent Programme'
  5. Align with the Sport Ireland and The Sport Ireland Institute 'High Performance Plan' to work with 3rd Level Institutions in establishing 'Centre of Excellence'

Linked to existing Mardyke Arena building, the gym will be a single storey facility designed to minimise the visual impact, carbon footprint and ongoing operational costs.

A proprietary Low Carbon Analysis software has been used to compare building fabric options to minimise embodied carbon in the proposed construction. It will be built using materials with the lowest carbon content possible. The roof structure will be a lattice of glulam beams combined with a CLT structure which will provide the users with 420m2 of free space unobstructed from columns.

The Building has been designed with an energy efficient design to IS 399. A “challenge and analyse” session has optimised the design to an efficient scheme which has been modelled for solar gain, cooling load and lighting efficiency.

The project will utilise as many off site construction methods as possible due to the restricted nature of the site.

Project Start Date January 2022              
Completion Date Expected December 2022
Project Value  €1.7m

Project Team UCC

Tim Cronin Capital Projects Officer
Kevin Horgan Project Manager, Capital Projects
Patsy Ryan Operations Manager, Mardyke Arena

Design Team

Architect        O'Connell Mahon Architect
Fire Safety Cantwell Keogh & Associates                             
Mechanical & Electrical Malachy Walsh & Partners
Quantity Surveyor  Michael Barrett Partners                                                             

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