The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) submitted to An Bord Pleanála was granted approval in 2011.
Seamus MacGearailt

Seamus MacGearailt

Director
Client
Dublin City Council
Value
€8.0m
Market

Summary

Roughan & O’Donovan undertook the feasibility study, preliminary design, and detailed design for this combined promenade, cycleway and flood defence project.

We also prepared the Environmental Impact Statement and Appropriate Assessment for the scheme.

The promenade provides several viewing spots from which to look out at the lagoon, Bull Island and Dublin Bay, without obstructing cyclists.

Solution

Promenade and cycleway design

The 6.5m wide combined promenade and cycleway is located on the seaward side of, contiguous and at grade with the existing James Larkin Road, and links the North Bull Island causeway and the Wooden Bridge at Dollymount.

Flood defence design

  • Demountable barriers
  • Flood defence gates
  • An earth flood bund
  • Extensive repairs to the existing sea wall
  • 582m of new, reinforced concrete sea defence wall

Road improvement works

  • Upgrade of pedestrian footways
  • Introduction of traffic calming measures
  • Extended 50km/h speed restriction zone
  • Enhanced car parking facilities at St. Anne’s Park
  • New pedestrian crossings for ease of access to the new promenade

Challenge

The principal design constraint of the scheme was the ecological importance of the South Bull lagoon, one of Ireland’s most protected sites.

By developing a solution that minimised the footprint in the lagoon and thereby loss of habitat, and created more intertidal mudflats than would be lost by the construction of the promenade, we satisfied the requirements of key consultees, including the National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS).

Services provided:

  • Civil and structural engineering design
  • Environmental engineering consultancy
  • Flood risk management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Appropriate Assessment
  • Contract documents
  • PSDP
  • Archaeological Assessment
  • Construction supervision