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Smurfit Kappa News Press Limited


Location Client Cost Completion
 Co. Meath, Ireland Smurfit Kappa €18m 2001

Project details

This project was an €18m joint venture between Smurfit Web Press and News International Newspapers to build a newspaper printing plant to print the Irish editions of The Times, The Sun, The Sunday Times and the News of the World. Three printing presses were acquired in Germany, and the building planned around them.

The press hall is 130m long, 15m wide and 22m high. The presses sit on a large reinforced concrete inertia base designed to eliminate the effects of external vibrations, as well as vibrations between presses. This base and the presses are structurally isolated from the remainder of the building. To facilitate the printing process the environmental conditions in the press hall (temperature and humidity) need to be strictly controlled. Noise control within the press hall and break-out from the building were important design considerations.


  • the scope of works included removal of existing press, demolition and removal of existing RC press bed, construction of new RC press foundation and elevated press bed (230m²), removal and replacement of approx 450m² of existing concrete ground floor slab, along with associated mechanical & electrical + specialist sprinkler installations, installation of new 120 ton press – all whilst keeping the adjoining press facility within the same press hall live


  • BDP was appointed in February 2000. The first press was delivered in January 2001 and was erected in parallel with the completion of the building. The first newspapers were printed in May 2001, some 3 months ahead of programme, and the building was completed on time and to budget in July 2001

Integrated services

architecture, landscape architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, sustainability,acoustics