Reimagining Cornmarket Centre
Cornmarket Street and its surroundings were one of the main areas to be transformed in the Cork City center regeneration program. This ambitious redevelopment focused on retail architecture and development. The new Cornmarket Centre comprised of 17 retail units on two floors situated on a site of over 1.5 acres.
One of the principal objectives of the commercial building redevelopment was expansion of the retail area through stronger links between existing retail areas in the surrounding streets and Cornmarket Street—the new focal point of the retail area. This plan also included the development of an outdoor market area to maximize its retail potential.
Ensuring protection from water and radon gas
The design specified waterproofing of a single-story basement area, plus protection from water vapor and radon gas. A capping beam to retain the concrete piles further complicated the design and made membrane application more difficult due to the complex profiles. The commercial building structure required numerous movement joints in the concrete, which necessitated standard waterstops as well as an angled profile waterstop.
The basement was constructed six meters below ground level; with the capping beam 1.5 meters deep. A suitable joint filler board would need to be applied to the structural expansion joints beneath the concrete slab where the slab rested on ground retention anchors, and needed to be compatible with the waterstop system.
Delivering a complete waterproofing solution
GCP’s broad range of compatible technologies provided a practical, single source solution that met the needs of the designer and contractor. This included a unique combination of membrane and watertight concrete solutions to overcome the complexities of the commercial building basement design while meeting the protection performance requirement.
ADPRUFE® 100, a liquid admixture that enhances concrete performance, was applied to the capping beam. Its ability to reduce water absorption and drying shrinkage results in fewer cracks and higher integrity of waterproof concrete. The addition of ADPRUFE® 100 to concrete resulted in approximately 70% increase in strength after one day and approximately 40% after 28 days. It reduces water absorption by 60% after 10 minutes as well as decreasing water vapor permeability by 56% compared with a control concrete of the same mix design.
Elsewhere, to ensure complete protection from water and gas, PREPRUFE® 160R and 300R membranes were pre-applied to the walls and the below grade slab. Due to its unique ability to adhere to poured concrete, PREPRUFE® provided a fully bonded water and gas proof membrane that prevented water migration between the retail architecture structure and membrane.
Serviseal® 240 external PVC waterstops and Serviseal® Pile caps provided protection for the expansion joints in the concrete, by creating a continuous network of waterstops to prevent the ingress of moisture. Korkpak®, an expansion joint filler, was also applied due to its water resisting properties and robustness.
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