Irish regeneration project

Pyroguard has helped to combine contemporary aesthetics with fire safety, while blending the old with the new on a regeneration project in Cork, Ireland.

Horgan’s Quay is a six-acre mixed-use development located on the River Lee, next to the Port of Cork. Centred around the conservation of the site’s industrial heritage, Horgan’s Quay features three contemporary office buildings, apartments, a hotel, leisure facilities, shops, and restaurants, including the restoration of the site’s heritage goods shed, carriage shed and original station house.

No. 1 Horgan’s Quay is one of the development’s three office buildings, with the upper floors of the new modern structure cantilevered over the site’s original Goods Shed. The lobby area features a large glazed partition on the first floor, helping to create an open, light space, as well as sympathetically blending the old restored structure with the new.

KCC Group, a door and glazing contractor, delivered the EI30 SWS Screen works on the project.

Site contracts manager, Ger McNamee, said: “In order to ensure the safety of those within the building, 30-minute fire protection was required for the reception area, providing a fire barrier between the lobby and the first floor. Once we had the fire safety glass specification from the architect, O’Mahony Pike Architects, it was up to our team at KCC Group to source a supplier. This is when our relationship with Pyroguard began.”

Pyroguard Infinity T-EI30/24-2 SWS fire safety glass was chosen by KCC Group and installed in the glazed partition, within a Jansen steel profile system.

Pyroguard Infinity is a range of fire safety glass certified for butt-joint applications. Manufactured to EI classification, Pyroguard Infinity provides the highest level of integrity and heat insulation, protecting against flames, smoke and heat.

“Pyroguard has been a really great support on this project, and we’ve developed a good working relationship,” Ger said. “Michael Shoer, Pyroguard’s technical sales manager for Ireland, has been especially helpful; he’s always there to provide advice when needed, and all the products have been delivered on time, which is key when working on any construction project.

“We now plan to work with Pyroguard and use its range of fire safety glass solutions on other upcoming projects in Ireland.”