Winner - Innovation Category - Medium < back to awards

company details:
  • Contact Name:
    Brian Carroll
  • Company:
    TOBIN Consulting Engineers
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project details:
  • Name of the project:
    NUI Galway Connacht GAA Air Dome
  • Location:
    Bekan, Co. Mayo
  • Commencement date:
    October 2019
  • Completion Date:
    October 2020
  • Client:
    Connacht GAA
project description:

The largest sports air dome in the world housing a full sized GAA pitch with uses including sports, exhibition, and conference. Its 10,000 person capacity makes it one of Ireland's largest indoor venues. Costing less than 1/6th of a conventional building, it can withstand 100 kph winds with a built in weather station to predict storm events. Current running costs are €150/day with PV panels offsetting energy costs with surplus power exported to the grid. This a highly innovative project which has brought significant benefits to the local and regional community at a low cost.