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Robert Quinn Ltd. has recently wrapped-up work on a new ETB campus in Tullamore.

With over 40 years’ experience working on educational construction projects all over Leinster, Robert Quinn Ltd.’s expertise in the area was recently brought to bear in Tullamore. The project, undertaken for Laois Offaly Education & Training Board (ETB), involved the refurbishment of two warehouses at the Axis Business Park outside Tullamore. The object was to create a state-of-the-art educational campus for the training of apprentice electricians and biopharma workers.

The Project

The project entailed the refurbishment and combination of two existing warehouse units into one building, designed by MCOH Architects, Portlaoise. The works included a complete strip-out of existing mechanical & electrical services, demolitions and alterations to suit the new layouts, a substantial M&E package and new wall, floor and ceiling finishes throughout. The end result was a bright and airy c.1500m² building incorporating changing rooms, teaching rooms, offices, canteen, workshop areas, IT teaching spaces, offices, a plant room, mezzanine storage areas and, significantly, a clean room. This was another area in which Robert Quinn Ltd.’s experience in the biopharma sector was put to good use.



 The biggest challenge that the company encountered on this project was the short construction programme. It had to fast-track the procurement of specialist sub-contractors and place orders immediately following the awarding of the contract, in particular for the clean room and fitted furniture packages as well as also ordering large M&E plant items like AHUs etc. Despite these challenges the team excelled and delivered a successful project to its valued client, Laois Offaly Education & Training Board.


Some of the trusted partners involved with Robert Quinn Ltd. on the ETB project included: MCOH Architects, Portlaoise; Jerry Geaney Engineering Consultants, Waterford; Rogerson Reddan & Associates quantity surveyors, Dublin; Dermot O’Keefe & Associates consultant engineers, Tullamore, as well as numerous other sub-contractors and suppliers. This fantastic professional combination worked hard to deliver on the project, which is one that will be of great benefit to Offaly.

It is expected that when the campus is fully operational it will provide training for up to 150 people each year in areas where significant labour shortages have been identified.