Leopardstown Racecourse

SMARTPLY’s OSB3 has recently been utilised in the refurbishment of Leopardstown Racecourse’s grandstand roof – a total of 10,000sq ft. Used as the decking component of the roofing system, the company’s product was selected for its high quality engineering and load-bearing ability. 

Leopardstown Racecourse was built in South Dublin in 1888 and later purchased by the Racing Board (now Horse Racing Ireland) in order to secure its future for racing.  Now the race course hosts some of the biggest races in the calendar, both jump racing in winter and flat racing for the rest of the year.

Specified in a thickness of 18mm, the OSB3 was installed by Crown Roofing as the deck component of an Icopal flat roofing system.  The system replaced the existing flat roofs, which had come to the end of their life cycle.  This was a challenging project featuring numerous, upstands, junctions and abutments.

“Crown Roofing was keen to work with our OSB3, a product they had confidence in and in fact, the installer insisted on it by brand,” commented Nick Marron of Coillte Panel Products. “The product met the contactor’s exacting needs in terms of quality and certification requirements.” 

Available in a range of sizes, with both square edge (SE) and Tongue and Groove (T&G) profiled edges, SMARTPLY’s OSB3 is specifically designed for the most demanding roofing applications.  In addition to roofing, the product is also ideal for other applications such as flooring, hoarding and wall sheathing.

For the contractor and end user, SMARTPLY’s OSB3 provided full peace of mind. The panels are manufactured using zero added formaldehyde.  In addition, the product, which is conditioned to perform in humid environments, is the fully certified alternative to softwood plywood.  For this, the panel boasts FSC Chain of Custody certification – a key certification requirement for the contractor.

In terms of quality, the company’s OSB3 is manufactured in accordance with the requirements of EN300: Orienated Strand Boards (OSB) – definitions, classification and specifications as well as being CE marked.

Posted Thursday 15th May 2014