Wiehag’s Glulam at the Gibson Hotel
Austrian company WIEHAG Timber Construction have supplied their stunning glued laminated timber, roofing and ceiling elements for many landmark architectural projects in Ireland including the recently completed Gibson Hotel by Scott Tallon Architects (see this issue) and the Limerick and Westmeath County Council offices as well as the Elm Park development (all by Bucholz McEvoy Architects). With 160 years experience, WIEHAG is one of Europe’s leading suppliers in the field of wide span load-bearing systems and entire roofs made out of timber. Glued laminated timber, roofing and ceiling elements, formwork, multilayer boards and acoustic elements are further competences. This traditional company, with the most cutting-edge manufacturing plant for timber engineering in Europe, employs over 300 staff and produces over 70,000 m3 glued laminated timber and 1.3 million m3 of panels every year. WIEHAG offers one-stop solutions for roofs including load-carrying structures as well as roof elements. The portfolio consists in constructional consulting and design, calculations, production, logistics and assembly including the roof cladding. Structural timber solutions by WIEHAG are economical and thus highly competitive, also in comparison with steel, concrete and reinforced concrete. “Our success is based on the combination of engineering skills, the most modern CNC-controlled production facility for glued laminated timber and a perfect organisation of the various projects”, says the company. WIEHAG has designed and erected many of the largest and most interesting timber buildings in Europe, including Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Exhibition Hall 11 in Frankfurt, and an Ice Mall in Israel. WIEHAG is currently manufacturing massive glulam beams for the Leisure Centre in Bangor (Belfast). With 1,500 m3 Bangor is presenting the biggest glulam project in the UK ever.
Bauder Greens Roofs at the Gibson Hotel
Bauder, one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of waterproofing membranes and green roofs, has contributed its expertise to the new Gibson Hotel and its stunning roof gardens. With over 150 years of experience and expertise in the roofing industry, Bauder is widely recognised for both quality of service and product innovation. Bauder’s flat and green roof waterproofing systems exceed industry expectations and provide a single source solution for all our clients. The company’s commitment to continually advancing their range of products and systems ensures that they can deliver the right technical and commercial solution for each individual project. “Developing top quality waterproofing solutions and successful green roofs is our passion”, say Bauder. The company produces a detailed Technical Brochure available from: T 042 9692 333 and www.bauder.co.uk
ICYNENE Celebrates Irish Success
The success of Ireland’s leading soft foam insulation – the Canadian product Icynene – was marked with a reception at the recently renovated Ranelagh Residence of the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland. Congratulating Icynene on six successful years in the Irish market and 25 in Canada, the Canadian Ambassador, H.E. Loyola Hearn (front row, 4th from right), said: “I am delighted to celebrate the success of Icynene, a Canadian technology which is making a major contribution in the fight against global warming and climate change”. Icynene offers a high level of thermal insulation with significant energy cost savings, as well as air tightness and excellent acoustic performance. Its water blown technology contains no harmful chemicals. Over the past 25 years, Icynene has saved an estimated 15 million tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere by burning of fossil fuels. GMS Renewable Products is the sole distributor for Icynene in Ireland since 2005. Among the many projects in Ireland are The Ark just outside Wexford (Stephen Carr Architects), while on the residential side, Icynene has been used in countless new builds, extensions, refurbishments, and upgrades to insulation in existing houses. Contact Gerry Sheridan, Director GMS Renewable Products, T 087 2394962, www.icynene.ie
Article as seen in Architecture Ireland issue 257