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Precast wall factory opens in Ireland | BUILDING MAGAZINE

Precast wall factory opens in Ireland

A new factory has opened in County Cavan, Ireland by the O’Reilly Group, where it will make precast walls.

Emmet Cosgrove, group chief executive, says O’Reilly Concrete’s new architectural wall facility is now in operation, with orders confirmed, and is a natural progression for the business to develop, based on increasing demand from customers. The factory has created 15 jobs in the Cavan area.

The company will make bespoke architectural wall panels, designed by the company’s in-house team. Available options include brick faced precast panels, panels with coloured rendered finishes and other bespoke finishes.

The company says using the panels allows the construction phase on site to be reduced by up to 50% even with a small crew compared to traditional build methods. The walls can be completed with windows and doors installed if requested, saving time and money.

Cosgrove said that advantages of adopting ‘modern method of construction’ using O’Reilly Concrete Architectural Wall products include energy efficiency and fire resistance, substantial programme savings, reduced on-site labour requirement, increased quality control through production in a factory environment and bringing buildings to a weather-tight status much quicker. In addition, very little on-site waste generated, there is a reduction in the deliveries to site and no scaffolding is required.

Wall panels can be manufactured as single skin panels connected to the structural frame or as a sandwich consisting of an outer layer of precast concrete with the desired finish, insulation and an inner concrete structural layer.