Icopal rises to the challenge in Limerick


Few projects are as prestigious or as demanding as the refurbishment of Adare Manor resort, one of Europe’s top hotels, but for Stuart Murray, Icopal Technical Manager Ireland, it was ‘enjoyable and challenging’. With weekly site inspections and design team meetings, Stuart’s experience and technical training enabled the continuity of installation through quick and efficient design decisions.

The gauntlet was thrown down by JP McManus, Limerick businessman and world famous race horse owner, who bought the magnificent Neo-Gothic castle in 2014 and then decided to add a new bedroom wing and ballroom.

The new building – linked to the original manor house by a colonnade – brings the number of bedrooms up from 62 to 104. The new west wing is a replica of the original, in grey limestone, itself completed in 1860 and once the residence of the Earl of Dunraven. At the same time, the original manor was transformed, making the whole project one of the most ambitious of its kind.

Acting under the direction of Reardon Smith, conservation architects, and main contractors John Paul Construction, the brief was that no one would easily see where the old ended and the new began. All the new elements were to be completely in keeping with the original, from stone work to gargoyles, from turrets to windows.

Installing flat roofing on the extension set technical and practical challenges for Icopal and the roofing contractor, Select Roofing (IMA). The roof of the ballroom had to be an inverted system so that it could take landscape paving and green roofing to act as a feature.

Allowing just 18 months between the hotel closing and re-opening, the programme was tight, with punitive penalty clauses for any delay, so it was vital that the roofing programme did not slow down following trades in any way. Some of these were quite conventional – electricians, brick and block layers – but the schedule had to also fit around the timetable for craning six tonne, neo-gothic chimneys into place, bespoke landscaping, and mechanical and electrical equipment.

This demanding schedule put Icopal in a winning position thanks to the quality and speed of installation of its roofing systems – together with the 20-year insured single-point guarantee.

Stuart specified two roofing systems; around 9,500m² of Icopal ParaBit Solo Hotmelt combined withIcopal Hydroshield IVR insulation system to provide rooftop dining above the ballroom; and approximately 2,000m² FireSmart Profiles Plus Torch-On system.

The hotel was completed on time and opened in November 2017.

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