On the 2nd of September 2022, TOBIN Consulting Engineers received the 2022 Association Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) Innovation Award for the NUI Galway Connacht GAA Air Dome in Bekan, Co. Mayo.
This world’s largest Sports Air Dome is located on the site of the Connacht GAA ‘Centre of Excellence’ and measures 150m (l) x 100m (w) x 26m (h). This high-spec facility accommodates a full-size 4G synthetic GAA pitch, 130m Indoor Running Track, extensive Gym Facilities which can accommodate up to 30 people at one time, Internal Performance Testing facilities, 2G synthetic surface Concourse Areas and seating for over 600 spectators for competitive fixtures.
The innovative design of this Air Dome allows for the structure to transform itself from a sporting facility for the local community into a fully functional, adaptable conference area within 72 hours. Other prospective functions allow the Dome to be used for executive training days, trade exhibitions, and concerts with the capacity to hold up to 10,000 people: making it one of Ireland’s largest indoor venues.
We would like to thank Connacht GAA, Prunty Pitches, DBS and everyone else involved in the delivery of this project for Connacht GAA, and we are delighted to be taking home this prestigious award!