Eamonn McElduff

Eamonn McElduff

Institute of Technology Tralee
JV Partner
MRG Consulting Engineers


Roughan & O’Donovan was responsible for the phase one structural design of this 8600m2 sports academy at the Institute of Technology Tralee.


Phase one of the project involves the construction of a two-storey building comprising an international size main sports hall, adapted physical activity hydrotherapy pool, gym and office facilities.

Consisting of a concrete frame and masonry infill, the building wraps around the sports hall on three sides. Long span pre-stressed double tee beams (up to 22m) form the first floor and roof structures, and they provide the flexible spaces required for the building’s mixture of gym, lecture and dance studio facilities.

The sports hall roof structure consists of long span curved steel trusses whilst curved cellular beams form the roof structure to the hydro-therapy pool.

The phase one structure is designed to cater for a potential future phase two vertical and lateral expansion. This may include the addition of both a second floor to the phase one two-storey section and a full-size swimming pool.

Design highlights

  • 24m span precast concrete floor units to minimise vibration from dance studios and gymnasia
  • Long span longitudinally-spliced prefabricated steelwork roof trusses to the main sports hall


The karst limestone area location and the need to consider a potential phase two provided a challenge for the project team.

Services provided:

Structural engineering design