|Co. Meath, Ireland||Smurfit Kappa||€18m||2001|
This project was an €18m joint venture between Smurfit Web Press and News International Newspapers to build a newspaper printing plant to print the Irish editions of The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and the News of the World. Three printing presses were acquired in Germany, and the building planned around them.
The press hall is 130m long, 15m wide and 22m high. The presses sit on a large reinforced concrete inertia base designed to eliminate the effects of external vibrations, as well as vibrations between presses. This base and the presses are structurally isolated from the remainder of the building. To facilitate the printing process the environmental conditions in the press hall (temperature and humidity) need to be strictly controlled. Noise control within the press hall and break-out from the building were important design considerations.
architecture, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, sustainability,acoustics