Buildings & Structures


Creating sustainable, innovative and inspiring spaces for business, education, healthcare, leisure and living.

RPS has an extensive portfolio of building projects across sectors, providing an integrated service throughout the development lifecycle from planning, to design and construction. Our multi-disciplinary teams combine efficiency with innovation to deliver best value, energy efficient, high quality buildings. From our expert planners to our highly skilled civil, structural and building services engineers, sustainability is at the core of our approach to all projects.

We have forged strong relationships with commercial developers, contractors, local authorities and state bodies in education and healthcare. Our projects range from large mixed-use developments, to major acute hospitals, creative and functional primary and secondary schools and inspiring office buildings. We strive to create improved environments for people to work, study, rest and play.

Case Studies

Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension

Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension Dublin Airport Terminal 1 Extension

Dublin Airport Authority

RPS provided structural engineering design and project management services for the €55m extension of Terminal 1 at Dublin Airport.

The 7,500m² airside Terminal 1 Extension was designed to improve passenger circulation space and comfort in the terminal areas consisting of arrivals & departures facilities over two levels, and ancillary support accommodation including additional check-in areas with baggage facilities, retail and restaurant/bars on the mezzanine level.

The structure above ground level is suspended so that the apron area below the building is retained for use by ground handlers and other services. RPS was responsible for structural engineering works for the outline design of the 1,100 tonne structural steel frame supported on 30 concrete column foundations, the engineering for the fritted glazed façade and the utility services diversions and reinstatement for the airside compound. Our structural engineers acted as technical reviewer, contract administrator and site supervisor for the construction phase of the project.

LEED Services for Department of Justice & Equality Offices, Tipperary

LEED Services for Department of Justice & Equality Offices, Tipperary
Image: Donal Murphy Photography

Stewart (on behalf of the OPW)

RPS has achieved LEED Gold Certification for the new 4,900m2 Department of Justice & Equality offices in Tipperary Town.

RPS was appointed in 2010 by Stewart and the OPW to act as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consultant for the project.

Our role on this project was to ensure that the development was specified according to the sustainability principles of the LEED certification system and that design and construction met the requirements of the LEED rating system to achieve the target of LEED Gold. This involved input to design team meetings and coordinating all of the stakeholders to ensure the delivery of the appropriate drawings and documents for review by the USGBC.

RPS’ experience in sustainable design, including waste prevention, minimisation and management and energy efficiency has proved hugely beneficial in the LEED process.

Mater Adult Hospital

Mater Adult Hospital Mater Adult Hospital

Mater Campus Development Ltd.

RPS planners advised on the development of a €284m adult public hospital in Dublin's inner city.

The new nine storey, 55,000 square metres hospital building is located on a brownfield site which features protected structures. It is the national centre for cardiac surgery, heart and lung transplants, spinal injuries and life support services. The project opened on a phased basis in April 2012, included a new emergency department, operating theatres, intensive care unit, radiology and 120 single en-suite rooms in a nine storey building. This realises a significant component of the National Development Plan and is Ireland’s greenest and most technologically driven hospital development.

RPS was responsible for coordinating and producing a number of sequential planning applications, including a successful first party appeal relating to development contribution conditions. RPS provides ongoing planning advice to the hospital.

Mixed Use Development at Harbour Square

Mixed Use Development at Harbour Square Mixed Use Development at Harbour Square

Crofton Developments

RPS was the structural engineer for the design of the highly acclaimed landmark Harbour Square Development, a mixed-use development of commercial offices, retail units and residential apartments on a confined infill urban site overlooking Dublin Bay.

The €60m development has 5 interlinked blocks with a shared 2-storey underground basement car parking and concrete podium. The development on a 2.2 acre site comprises 35,000m2 of 6-storey commercial offices, retail and 118 residential apartments and landscaped plaza area. The design is of reinforced concrete to the offices and modular apartments with precast concrete floors and pod units to bathroom/utility areas and steel frame construction to the upper floor.

RPS structural engineers were responsible for the design and provided full time site supervision, ensuring that our reputation for innovative and co-ordinated ‘right first time’ design and quality of construction was maintained whilst the buildings were completed to the client's ambitious fast track programme. The landmark commercial and residential development is now a recognised example of excellence in design and quality of construction.

South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen

South West Acute Hospital South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen

FCC Elliott Construction Partnership

The £267 million project, which opened in 2012, was Northern Ireland's first Private Finance Initiative (PFI) hospital.

The size and scale of this project redefined the provision of hospital care in the UK and Ireland and achieved new standards for hospital design and amenity. It provides all single rooms with en-suite facilities and includes an A&E Department, laboratory services, inpatient services (including critical care, major emergency surgery, paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology), as well as outpatient services.

RPS was appointed as civil and structural engineering consultants on the 380 bed acute hospital. Other integrated services include geotechnical, traffic, environmental and fire engineering.

The hospital is built on a greenfield site on the outskirts of Enniskilllen. The 67,000m2 building is spread over 4 primary storeys, a portion of which is on a sloping site comprising a semi basement. A separate employee accommodation block and dedicated energy centre were built as part of the contract.

Titanic Quarter

Titanic Quarter Titanic Quarter

Titanic Quarter Ltd.

RPS was commissioned as civil & structural engineering consultant for the redevelopment of the 185 acre Titanic Quarter Site.

Developments on the site include mixed use residential accommodation, office and leisure facilities, educational accommodation and other major public buildings including the award winning Public Records Office and the iconic Titanic Building. We were responsible for the detailed design of many of the new building structures on the site, which is located in an area previously occupied by the Harland and Wolff shipyard.

RPS was civil, structural and fire engineer for the award winning Titanic Belfast, a striking six-storey aluminium and glass clad building which forms the iconic centrepiece of the Titanic Quarter development.

We were also involved in the detailed design of the site wide civil engineering infrastructure works. These works include new roads, signalised junctions, upgrading of the existing carriageways adjacent to the site and public realm areas along with the site wide drainage infrastructure. We were also tasked with developing solutions for the remediation of this site given the contamination that pre-existed on the site from its former use. RPS also developed flood mitigation strategies for the site and for a number of the buildings, where basements have been incorporated into the design.

UCC Beaufort Building

UCC Beaufort Building


University College Cork

The University College Cork Beaufort Building is a Marine and Energy research building built by University College Cork (UCC) on a brownfield site in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork.

Opened in July 2015, the 4,500 sq m Beaufort building comprises laboratory areas, offices, workshops and a large tank hall with three separate wave generation tanks.

RPS provided mechanical & electrical consultancy services on the €11m project, which placed a particular emphasis on the use of sustainable and low energy technologies.

The building houses three separate research groups, CMRC (Coastal Marine Research Centre), HMRC (Harbour Marine Research Centre), and SERG (Sustainable Energy Research Group). At the concept design stage, RPS engaged with these building users (who themselves have expertise in energy and energy management) to investigate how best to design and manage the energy requirements for the project.

Various low and sustainable energy options were evaluated and those implemented included natural ventilation and passive cooling using automatic opening louvres and exposed concrete slabs, low energy lighting with presence detection and daylight controls, rainwater harvesting, and use of solar panels to generate domestic hot water.

The building has also been futureproofed to allow for the seamless integration of other sources of energy generation, including a wind turbine and photo-voltaic solar panels. The building currently achieves a BER “A3” rating with the possibility of upgrading this to an “A1” rating when additional energy generating devices are connected.

UCC recently became the first university in the world to achieve ISO 50001 accreditation for Energy Management. The energy assessment method used on this project played a key role in achieving this status.