Ropemaker Place

Above the curve, Ropemaker Place

The original British and Irish Steam Packet Company building at Ropemaker Place in Dublin’s silicon docklands has recently undergone massive renovation. This  development, designed to retain elements of the warehouse feel and rich history of the local area, includes the original arched loading bays at the front of the building.

These open arches while characterful presented their own challenges, leaving the entries open not only to fresh air but to other environmental elements such as rain ingress.

Bespoke Arched High-Performance Louvres

The solution was to install bespoke curved high-perfomance louvres by Gilberts.   These are designed specifically for areas where airborne carry over of water is inevitable or for exposed areas such as the Dublin docklands or that experience high wind or rain factors.


The patented WH and WP Series of Gilberts high-performance louvres offer a simple single bank louvre assembly with outstanding weather resistance. They are similar to a standard louvre unit in terms of physical size or weight, but testing in accordance with European Standard EN13030 for weather louvre performance shows the WH unit for example to be 99.5% effective in screening/exhaust applications and 99% effective even with face velocities of up to 1m/sec.

Bespoke originality

We worked closely with RBR who specialise in facade conservation and building refurbishment.  The archways were measured and black louvres were manufactured to fit behind original security railings.


At Keane Environmental Ltd., we understand that every job, large or small, has its own challenges.  We’d be delighted to work with you to find the correct solution for your building.  If you’d like to hear more about this or any of our other projects, contact us today.


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Installers: RBR

Suppliers: Keane Environmental Ltd.

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