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September 7, 2007

New Stand at Galway Racecourse opened

Pic. Michael Dillon/Dillon Photography

Officially opened at the beginning of the Summer Festival Meeting, by An Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, this state of the art stand accommodates over 7,000 people with seating for 700 on the first floor balcony. The building of the Killanin stand was completed in a record time of 44 weeks by building contractors Michael McNamara & Co. at a total cost of €22 million. The architect for the project was EPR Architects, London.

It incorporates almost 2,000m2 of Tegral NATURA fibre-cement cladding. The boards used were 12mm semi-transparent with a natural fibre-cement finish enhanced by an Ivory tinted acrylic coating. A feature of the installation was the fact that there was no face-fixing involved so leaving the aspect uncluttered. The boards were hung on an aluminium support rail in an open joint fashion. The installer was Duggan Systems Ltd, Patrickswell, Limerick.

“These boards have been extremely popular throughout Europe for a number of years, and now Specifiers in Ireland have realised the versatility and extensive choice of colours/hues from the new Tegral “Natura” range available to complement their innovative designs “, said Declan Duignan, Sales Manager for Tegral Cladding. “Factory cutting, drilling and sealing ensure that the highest standards of finishing are maintained on site so that an attractive and durable facade is achieved”, he said.

Tegral Natura is a fibre-cement sheet suitable for all types of façade work. The sheet comes as part of a range of fibre-cement cladding products including TEXTURA, which has a textured surface and vibrant colours. These cladding products are extremely versatile and can be used as a fully dry trade in all aspects of building construction. This decorative cladding product can be either surface-fixed or secured with specially designed concealed fixings and can be used for façade or rainscreen applications.

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