The Convention Centre Dublin

The convention centre in Dublin stands as a testament to the incredible work that can be done when combining architecture, engineering, and innovative design. This iconic building opened its doors back in 2010 and has since been one of the most famous structures in Dublin, attracting visitors from all around the world.

The convention centre comprises two large exhibition spaces that can accommodate up to 2,000 people each. It also boasts a world-class auditorium with a capacity of 2,000 people, alongside other multi-purpose meeting rooms and facilities. Spread over seven floors, the building has a total floor space of more than 22,000 square meters.

As Civil/Structural Engineers on the project, O’Connor Sutton Cronin played a pivotal role in the successful completion of the centre. With the vast experience the company already had, working with such a complex structure was just another challenge to overcome.

The building design, which makes excellent use of glass and steel, has become synonymous with the modern city of Dublin. Its unique structure was designed to blend seamlessly with the surrounding quays and river Liffey while also providing fantastic views for visitors from all angles.

In conclusion, the convention centre project is a testament to what is possible when architecture, engineering, and modern design collaborate. It showcases the excellent work that O’Connor Sutton Cronin consistently delivers, even in the face of significant engineering challenges. Today, the convention centre stands proudly as an iconic building in Dublin that attracts visitors from across the globe.

Key Facts

• Approximately 7300 Tonnes of primary steel
• Typical floor plate truss span = 20m, with a structural depth of 2.3m overall
• Eight primary columns in the main exhibition spaces, with a maximum column load of
• Roof truss over main auditorium spans 47m
• Feature glass drum at main entrance spans 37m horizontally
• Design of floor plates is governed by dynamics (natural frequency)

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Paul Healy


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