Kerry’s Headquarters is a triumph of speedy design
Kerry’s Headquarters, Kildare, Ireland
This building, the European Headquarters for Kerry Group’s Global Technology and Innovation Centre, has a capacity of 25,000m2 over four storeys. They are used for a mixture of functions like offices, customer care and services areas, meeting rooms and research and development facilities.
By working with a collaborative, building information modelling (BIM) design model from the early stages, engineers were able to shorten the design period, meaning the handover of construction elements to production came earlier than expected, positively affecting the project budget.
The schedule was also shortened by prefabrication, for example the piping, which was insulated, labelled and fitted with permanent lights and permanent steel grating at each floor level at an off-site facility.
Awarded Engineering Project of the Year at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2015, Kerry’s Headquarters serves as a point of reference for building engineering as a whole.
- Project Team Client: Kerry Group
- Architect: RKD Architects
- Engineer: ARUP
- Contractor: Gilbane Ireland Ltd Kerry Global Inc.
- Cost Consultant: Bruce Shaw
Photo: Arup / Donald Murphy