Eir, Athlone

Eir, Athlone

Westmeath Ireland Telecommunications Network provider Betofix RM

Previously known as Eircom, Eir is one of Ireland's biggest and best network providers. Eir operates a wholesale fixed-line network through its Open Eir unit, providing copper and fibre based access products to a wide range of Irish telecommunications companies. Constructed in the 1970’s, the building consists of a rendered exterior of architectural interest and features curves and round “porthole” style windows.

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Construction project:
Concrete restoration
Building type:
Industrial buildings / halls
Office and administration buildings
Short description
The exterior render of the former exchange was suffering with a high degree cracking. Remmers Elastoflex system was chosen to accommodate movement and give a high degree of finish to the exterior. The elastoflex system incorporates mesh reinforcement within a highly elastic coating compliant with EN1504 – surface protection coatings. The coating has good water vapour diffusion capacity is highly water repelling and C02 impermeable. Repairs to the render where carried out using Betofix RM a fast cure feather edge repair mortar prior to application of the coating system.
Eir, Athlone
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The structure showed cracks in some places, for which there were different causes. Improved statics and higher load capacity were achieved by stiffening the structures, frictional connection of the disturbed foundation and decoupling the components gate, passage hall and gate houses components. Particularly on the western side, intense blackening of the rock surface had built up, which was strongly interlocked with the ground. The deposits were composed of a mixture of soot and plaster. The cleaning process carried out in 1990 with the help of water could only result in a superficial cleaning. In 2002, the newly developed method of particle beam cleaning and cleaning by laser made it possible to remove soot and plaster without destroying the original surface.
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On the façade surfaces of Kaispeicher A, there was a lot of efflorescence and lime aging, both signs of penetrating moisture. The damage patterns indicated a lack of frost resistance as well as no protection against driving rain. The listed façade required extensive frost and moisture protection, but was not allowed to undergo any visual changes.
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