Galvacoat and laser technology give cutting edge to Scotch Hall
Sisks customised quay side railings for their major retail development Scotch Hall in Drogheda. This has 25,000 square metres of shopping space with over 50 units. Collaboration between the architects and construction engineers from SISK, resulted in a design that was pleasing to the eye while remaining sustainable, functional and cost-effective.
The architect had a basic design of how the railing would look aesthetically. This was then converted from a concept into an actual detailed fabrication from a working drawing. The railings slope backwards to prevent people overhanging the sea wall.
The Galvacoat factor
After fabrication, the railings were then shot-blasted to roughen the surface. This increases the zinc pick-up by about 50% in the galvanizing process giving the steel even greater protection. The architect wanted white railings so after hot-dip galvanizing they were also painted them with Galvacoat. This is a unique, revolutionary two-pack polyurethane paint specially formulated to adhere to freshly galvanized steel. It is the only approved paint available for this purpose and has successfully eliminated the need for etch primers.
Terence McCormack Ltd.
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GALVACOAT® and laser technology give cutting edge to Scotch Hall
Developed by Edward Holdings and designed by Douglas Wallace, Scotch Hall is a landmark
200-million Euro mixed-use development on the Banks of the Boyne in Drogheda.
The local planning authority was keen to see the creation of a 24-hour living environment and so the need to create public spaces was vital to the overall design of Scotch Hall. As a result Douglas Wallace focused on conceiving a riverfront walkway that boasts restaurants, bars and a 100 bedroom, luxury four-star hotel.
Elegant white railings sweep along the quayside pedestrian walkways. Complex in construction they are inclined away from the river for both safety and aesthetics. Such a corrosive seaboard location demanded the protection of galvanizing if maintenance costs were to be minimised. Additionally, after fabrication, the railings were shot blasted to roughen the surface. This increases the zinc pick-up by about 50% in the galvanizing process giving the steel even greater protection. After hot dip galvanizing they were finished by Galco with white GALVACOAT®.
Winner: Best In-town retail scheme, BCSC Gold Awards 2006
Winner: Best Commercial Building of the Year,
Louth County Council Design and Conservation Awards 2006
Highly Commended: Opus Architecture and Construction Awards 2006
Finalist: Property Week Retail and Leisure Property Awards 2006