The Irish Institute of Sport (hereafter, simply IIS), under the umbrella of Sport Ireland, is responsible for supporting Irish athletes to reach world podiums in a broad range of internationally recognised sports. This significant challenge is achieved by driving excellence in the high-performance systems of the various sporting disciplines. In order for these high-performance systems to properly function, world class facilities must be readily available for the competitors participating in said systems. The new IIS High Performance Centre (hereafter, simply HPC), at the National Sports Campus, meets with these high-end requirements in quite a spectacular fashion. This project will go a long way in providing full and comprehensive support services for many future generations of Irish athletes.
TOBIN was Lead Consultant on this project and provided Project Management, Specialist Sports Facility Design, Civil and Structural Engineering, Mechanical & Electrical, Quantity Surveying and PSDP Services up to Planning Stage. TOBIN then acted as Employer’s Representative and Technical Advisor through to Handover stage.
The facility is a single storey construction of approx. 4,800m² structural steel building with clear roof spans and it consists of:
- Indoor Training Area including specialist 100m running track,
- Boxing rings and gymnasium
- Lecture Space
- Physiotherapy and medical treatment Rooms
- Changing Rooms
- Social ecology cooking demonstration area and living space
- Office Space
- Meeting Rooms
The project was a contractor design and build project procured through e-tenders on a two-stage restrictive tendering process. One of the main points to note about this project is the acute tailoring and industry-specific adaptations that were made to increase the life span of the building. As we have seen throughout the years, sports science continues to evolve. Practices, theories, and training methods continue to change as new research findings are further developed. Therefore, the IIS could not have a building that would restrict this inevitable evolution in any particular way. Bearing this in mind, TOBIN designed the most flexible building solution possible within the given footprint available. Central to our design was the introduction of the 30m-wide toblerone trussed roof. The toblerone trusses provide a large degree of flexibility as the envelope of the building is fully independent of the internal layout. Therefore, all of the internal walls can be removed or rearranged, at any point, at minimal cost, in line with any developments in high performance training methods.