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On Time, On Budget, Despite COVID-19


Ryanair’s new office ‘Airside Green’, constructed from a green field site to a new 120,000 sq. ft. lettable office space spread over 6 levels serviced by roof mounted external plant with a permeable car park for 180 car parking spaces. The project was originally planned to be constructed within a 12month period with the exception of an 8week C-19 industry shutdown the project was handed over on time.

When we originally tendered the project, it was designed with three number concrete core sections with steel infills forming the structure for the office space. mac re-designed the cores to a steel solution ensuring that all of the superstructure was constructed from structural steel.  This allowed us to parallel process the manufacture of the superstructure off site, while our site team drove on with the substructure works on site concurrently. This reduced the programme risk posed by the ‘stop start’ sequence required for the construction of insitu concrete within the cores and allowed us to accelerate our early programme tasks completing the structure and weathering the building within seven months from commencement. Despite other challenges along the way Ryanair, Atkins and mac formed a great partnership to deliver this project on time and budget.

When our clients acknowledge a job well done, we know we’ve done it right!

This week, we handed over our Ryanair project to a very happy client – CEO Michael O’Leary, read his kind words below.

𝐷𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑃𝑎𝑢𝑙,

𝑇ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑘𝑠 𝑡𝑜 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎𝑛 𝑒𝑥𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑗𝑜𝑏 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑜𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐴𝑖𝑟𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝐺𝑟𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝐵𝑢𝑖𝑙𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑤𝑒 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑛𝑑 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑛𝑜𝑤 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑑.

𝑊𝑒 𝑎𝑟𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑑𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑙𝑜𝑝𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑎𝑙𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑛 𝑏𝑢𝑑𝑔𝑒𝑡, 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑒𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑤ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑎𝑦𝑒𝑑 𝑑𝑢𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐶𝑜𝑣𝑖𝑑-19 𝑝𝑎𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐. 𝑁𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠, 𝑤𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑖𝑚𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑤𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑗𝑜𝑦𝑒𝑑 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑖𝑡ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑚. 𝑊𝑒 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑛𝑜𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑢𝑠𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑/𝑜𝑟 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑚𝑎𝑐 𝑎𝑔𝑎𝑖𝑛 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑓𝑢𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑑 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑑𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑢𝑠 𝑎𝑡 𝑎𝑛𝑦 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒, 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑑𝑜 𝑛𝑜𝑡 ℎ𝑒𝑠𝑖𝑡𝑎𝑡𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑎𝑠𝑘.

𝐼𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑒𝑎𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒, 𝑚𝑎𝑦 𝐼 𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑚 𝑎𝑡 𝑚𝑎𝑐 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑒𝑑 𝑠𝑢𝑐𝑐𝑒𝑠𝑠.

𝐵𝑒𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑖𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑠,

𝑀𝑖𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑒𝑙 𝑂’𝐿𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑦 – Ryanair Group CEO
Pictured is some of the fantastic team Ryanair, Atkins and #TEAMmac that got this project over the line, especially during all of the uncertainty during COVID-19.

This project flew up since it began back in April 2019. Adjacent to Ryanair’s already existing offices, we constructed a structural steel framed building with composite metal deck in-situ concrete floors over 6 no. floors, enclosed with aluprof curtain walling and kingspan recess cladding panels forming a new office space of 120000 sq. ft. office space and external car parks.

Read more about this project here.



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