BAM Contractors officially handed over the new Limerick Courthouse building to the National Development Finance Agency who acted as project managers on behalf of the Courts Service and The Department of Justice and Equality.

The entire precast frame solution designed, manufactured and erected by Oran Precast Ltd. came to a value of €2.2m.


Letterkenny Courthouse has been completed as part of the Government's Courts Bundle 7 PPP Programme and the building is scheduled to open officially on the 2nd January 2018. BAM contracted OranPrecast Ltd. to design, manufacture and supply the structual frame of the building, which helped to get the project completed in line with a very tight build schedule.

The development consists of the design and construction of four blocks of new student accommodation to include 429 bedspaces across 79 apartments, communal areas & ancillary office/reception facilities and internal plant/service rooms, refuse storage and covered cycle storage facilities. The development will have a gross floor area of 12,600 sq.m. The project has been designed and erected by Oran Pre-cast using crosswall construction with 200mm twinwall load-bearing walls carrying 200mm, 300mm & 500mm hollowcore flooring units with solid wall elements to the façades. All walls have been supplied with a high quality internal finish and have incorporated numerous cast-in electrical back-boxes and conduits.


The ground floor also includes a number of precast circular and rectangular columns with associated beams at First floor to provide a concrete frame for versatile open plan reception and communal areas.


Also included in the pre-cast contract are the staircores, including stair flights and landings as well as the lift cores and lift fronts.

Additional Videos showing some of the individual processes that form part of the overall complex process of manufacturing concrete twin walls in our automated state of the art plant have been uploaded to our Youtube channel and are available within the Downloads section of the website. 

The last component of the main precast frame was installed in February 2017. Since then, follow-on trades including installation of Roof Steelwork, M&E, Blockwork and Stud Partitions, Stone and finishes have been ongoing. Oran Precast were re-contracted to provide a number of free-standing cantilever external walls and columns which form the perimeter walls and gated entrances for the Courthouse on the Mulgrave Street side and within the Secure Yard which abutts the nearby Limerick Prison Walls. 8m high 300mm thick walls were provided around the Secure Yard at the rear of the building.

Built to Specifications (Built2Spec), a four-year Horizon 2020 €5.5 million EU-funded project involving 20 European partners, seeks to reduce the gap between a building’s designed and as-built energy performance. To do this, the project will put a new set of breakthrough technological advances for self-inspection checks and quality assurance measures into the hands of construction professionals. This collection of smart tools will help building stakeholders at all levels in meeting EU energy efficiency targets, new build standards and related policy goals. The multi-million euro project shared among 20 European partners includes three from Ireland - NUI Galway, Oran Pre-Cast in Oranmore and Ecofix in Dublin.

Commenting on the project, Dr Magdalena Hajdukiewicz from NUI Galway, said: “The Built2Spec project and collaboration with companies such as Oran Pre-Cast allow our research to be applied to real buildings to tackle the problems of quality checks during the construction, as well as energy efficiency and indoor environmental conditions of operating buildings.”

For more information on IRUSE visit: and on Built2Spec visit:

Further news regarding the collaboration between Oran Precast and NUIG can be viewed at


Letterkenny Courthouse, one of four new build Courthouses to be built this year under the Courts Bundle PPP Project (Limerick, Wexford and Drogheda are the other three) is on schedule to open early in 2017. The last element of the precast frame was recently installed by Oran Precast on site. BAM Building are the main contractor and are contracted to design, build, finance and maintain the building for the next 25 years under a PPP model, the overall value of which is estimated to cost €135million.

The precast frame installation programme is on schedule. Aided by some benign weather this winter, and with two Oran Precast erection crews busy on site, Zone 2 (Main Courtrooms, 3&4 above) was completed ahead of the Christmas break. 40% of Zone 3 has beem completed at this stage also. Due to Site constraints, a mobile crane had to be located directly on the Ground Bearing Raft slab within the Building Zone 3 area. This meant that costly Road Closures could be avoided when installing some of the heavier elements at Roof level in Courtrrom 1 (see Top Left photo).

The 7,350 sqm building which will house District, Circuit, and Central Criminal Court sittings under one roof in a state-of-the-art Complex is progressing well on site. Oran Precast Ltd who were appointed to design, supply and install the large complex precast frame are using their full range of precast products in this project – Columns, Beams, Solid Walls, TwinWall, Lattice Slab, Hollowcore Slabs, Stairs, Landings. This large and complicated project with numerous floor level changes, double height courtrooms, non-stacking walls etc. is a good example of what can be achieved with precast construction.

The first of the 1st Floor Courtroom 6 Perimeter Walls were installed yesterday at the BAM - Limerick Courthouse job. Oran Precast are providing the full suite of precast products for this large and complex frame which incorporates numerous floor level changes, especially at 1st floor where the public courtrooms are located. There are 6 Courtrooms in total, serviced by 10 different Staircores. Wilson Architects and Malachy Walsh and Partners make up the main Design Team members, with Mercury Engineering looking after the M&E element of the contract. The project is intended to be fully BIM compliant.