Spanwall gives iconic GPO visitor centre a new look with Rainscreen system


ARCHITECTURAL facade specialists Spanwall completed its role in the €7.8million project on the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street.

The GPO has iconic status in terms of Irish modern history and served as the headquarters of Ireland’s 1916 uprising for independence.

As the site of the struggle, the building is a reminder of the seminal conflict which changed the course of Ireland’s history.

The site and the building represent the colonial and republican aspects of Ireland’s history while continuing to serve its civic function as originally intended. Despite its historic, social and architectural importance the building held a very minimal level of public engagement.

Spanwall’s specialists were appointed by Lynch Roofing to provide a bronze RF50Rainscreen system. Spanwall produced rainscreen panels, capping, window jambs and soffits which were all to the specification of the RF50 system.

Special requirements were to have sharp radius edges on the face of the panel and also a 10mm joint between panels rather than the usual 20mm.

Lynch Roofing was working for the main contractor, PJ Hegarty & Sons on behalf of architect Kavanagh Tuite and their client An Post.

Philip West of Spanwall, said: “This was a challenging job for Spanwall on a very iconic building at an important time in Ireland’s history. The choice of material was selected to marry well with the existing 1814 built building and the finished project shows this was achieved.”

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