IAA Visual Control Tower

Structural Designer

Arup

Client Name

Irish Aviation Authority

Location

Dublin, Ireland

ARCHITECT
Scott Tallon Walker Architects

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
BAM Building Ltd.

STRUCTURAL STEEL AND GLAZING CONTRACTOR
Metal Yapi

PRE-CAST CONCRETE FAÇADE SUPPLIER
Techcrete 

SAFETY
ProCert

COST MANAGEMENT 
Linesight

TUNED MASS DAMPER CONTRACTOR
Vicoda Gmbh

SLIPFORM CONTRACTOR
Bitschnau Gmbh


  Images: © Paul Tierney

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A project to construct Ireland’s tallest occupied building. The VCT incorporates international best practice in structural design, sway control, geotechnics, wind testing and façade design. It features a tower shaft, 5-level cab and area control functions within the base building. The VCT is a vital element in safeguarding the delivery of the new parallel runway in Dublin Airport.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

This Dublin Airport control tower is Ireland’s tallest occupied building. It combines an efficient operational building with an elegant form. 

With the Visual Control Room (VCR) located at 80m above ground level, innovative solutions for the structure, foundations and façade were required to deliver the necessary comfort criteria. Following comprehensive testing and simulations the reinforced concrete stem of the tower and the cab steel frame structure were designed and constructed to ensure that the building can operate in even the most inclement weather conditions. 

Early-stage structural modelling of the tower, combined with a detailed wind tunnel assessment, informed the damping required to control sway motion. Two tuned mass dampers (TMDs), weighing a combined total of 70 tonnes, were introduced below the cab structure to control lateral accelerations to within acceptable limits.

A coherent engineering story, elegant, efficient and purposeful.

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