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Precast team successfully designs, delivers and installs precast elements for new secondary school

MANNOK have successfully designed, manufactured, delivered, and installed all of the precast concrete elements, including 3,000 sq m of precast hollowcore slabs and 28 precast stairs and landings, on time for the construction of a new state-of-the-art, two-storey secondary school in Ballina, Co. Mayo.

St Mary’s Secondary School is the first school in Ireland to be constructed by the Department of Education with enhanced specifications to improve classroom layouts and accommodation and provide more flexibility and innovation in the use of space. It is also designed to comply with ‘nearly zero’ energy building (NZEB) standards, supplying its own power via photovoltaic panels.


Mannok’s end-to-end service offering for the project meant a collaborative approach was in operation long before a slab was laid, or a staircase made. At an early stage, the company undertook an extensive value engineering process, allowing its experienced design engineers to advise main contractors Kilcawley Construction on the most cost-effective, bespoke design solution.

Just six weeks after the first order was placed, Mannok delivered and installed a lorry load of 3,000 sq m of precast slabs with a depth of 250mm. The company then went on to meet every delivery and installation deadline for the next 60 loads of precast concrete elements.

Commenting on Mannok’s involvement in the project, Martin McIntyre, project contracts manager with Kilcawley Construction, who has worked with Mannok on several occasions, said: ‘We are glad to have worked again with our supply chain partners at Mannok who delivered the extensive precast concrete scope on St. Mary’s Secondary School.

‘Timing is critical to the success of any large-scale project, and Mannok’s programme of works, just-in-time deliveries, and speed of installation, closely co-ordinated with the steel fabricators, all contributed to the safe and efficient completion of works on time, on budget, and to the client’s specification.’


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