Sue Dawson enjoys a tour of Techrete’s new production facility
Factory location Stephenstown Industrial Park, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Telephone 0116 286 5965
Techrete, supplier of architectural precast concrete cladding in Ireland and the UK, has moved to a new head office and state-of-the-art production facility in Balbriggan, North County Dublin. This complements its UK production facility at Brigg, Lincolnshire.
Founded in 1985, the company provides a range of precast concrete that can be finished as reconstructed stone with a variety of effects or with a veneer of natural stone, granite, terracotta or brick. Curved panels and concrete columns are also manufactured.
The new buildings at Balbriggan are exemplars of Techrete’s precast concrete products. The office is a precast structure of cylindrical concrete columns supporting exposed coffered slabs. It incorporates cast-in embedded coils in the floor and is clad with marble-like polished precast panels with projecting bays of precast rainscreen panels - the latest product in the company’s range.
The 10,000m² factory is clad with industrial precast sandwich panels with an exposed aggregate finish. The panels - which can be erected at a rate of 250m² per day - comprise an outer leaf of precast concrete, an insulation layer and a backing leaf of plain grey concrete, providing excellent acoustic dampening for large equipment.
Precast concrete cladding has enjoyed a renaissance over the past few decades. Architects now appreciate its integral qualities of solidity and durability, fire-resistance, good sound attenuation and potential for fabric energy storage.
It is also quick to install without the need for scaffolding and provides an early weatherproof enclosure. Glazing and thermal insulation can also be incorporated in the factory.
Techrete has over 40 engineers and draughtsmen with experience in detailing precast components, and provides a comprehensive design development and drawing service.