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Munster Blackwater River Flood Alleviation Scheme

The overall objective of this project was the development of a flood alleviation scheme for the protection of the town of Fermoy for a theoretical 1/100 year return period event. Works undertaken with the project included hydrological studies, hydraulic modelling, site investigation specification and management, survey specification and management, flood risk assessment, development of options, outline and detailed design and tendering of the construction contract, contract document preparation using the new Department of Finance conditions, and management of the construction works.

The scheme includes for the construction of both temporary and permanent demountable walls as well as an earthen embankment on both sides of the Blackwater River, along with ancillary drainage and stormwater pumping facilities. Works on the North Side of the river have been substantially completed and include the construction of 900m long flood defence works. Also included is the construction of storm drains and pumping stations behind the defences to prevent or substantially reduce the periodic localised flooding of lands and property in the area.

T. J. O’ Connor & Associates were appointed as PSDP on the scheme and coordinated design inputs from various specialists, both in-house and external, including structural, geotechnical, transportation, hydraulic, mechanical and electrical.

Start/End Date:

Phase 1 Works (North Side) May 2002 – 2010

Phase 1 Works (South Side) Construction works due to commence in early 2012

Contract Value:

€4M    (Phase 1)

€15M    (Phase 2)


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