Mott MacDonald to design Irish flood defence scheme

UK consulting engineer Mott MacDonald is to design a flood defence scheme worth around $40m in Enniscorthy, in the southeast of Ireland.

The contract will be delivered on behalf of Wexford County Council, and will be funded by the Office of Public Works, an agency run by Ireland’s Department of Finance.

The town of Enniscorthy is located on the banks of the River Slaney and has a long history of flooding, most recently in 2015.

The proposed works cover a 3.5km section of the river. Major elements include the construction of walls on both banks of the river, the widening and deepening of the bed, a flow diversion channel, the underpinning of bridges and riverbed stabilisation.

The scope of work also includes the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge crossing the river in the centre of the town. 

Fintan McGivern, Mott MacDonald’s project director, said: "The completion of this scheme will provide the residents and businesses of Enniscorthy with protection against flooding that has caused so much damage and disruption in the past. 

"The scheme will add to the list of successful flood defence projects completed on behalf of the Office of Public Works and various local authorities throughout Ireland."   

The scheme is due to be completed in 2019.

Image: Enniscorthy (Mike Finucane/Wikimedia Commons)

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