The Clanbrassil Street and St. Nicholas Quarter rejuvenation scheme in Dundalk town centre was officially opened by Cathaoirleach of Louth County Council, Councillor Dolores Minogue, last month.
Councillor Minogue said the €5.5m scheme had “been designed and constructed to the highest standards and will bring new life to the centre of the town.”
Roughan & O’Donovan (ROD) provided civil and structural engineering services on the scheme, with BDP acting as lead consultant.
The scheme included Clanbrassil Street, Church Street and part of Bridge Street, up to St Nicholas’ Church.
A catalyst for redevelopment
The scheme transformed the historic centre of the town by reconfiguring it as a pedestrian-friendly public realm with natural stone footways, kerb buildouts and traffic calming features in line with the Design Manual for Urban Roads and Streets (DMURS).
The project involved:
- provision of wider granite footpaths and asphalt parking bays
- upgrading of public lighting
- improved pedestrian crossings
- undergrounding of overhead ESB cables
- refurbishment of water services
- provision of a new 500mm water main
The Church Street/Bridge Street/Linenhall Street junction was reconfigured to provide a public open space with planting and seating in front of St. Nicholas’ Church.
Speaking at the official opening, Chief Executive of Louth County Council, Joan Martin commented: “This is a great day for the town of Dundalk. The completed scheme is very welcome, and it has transformed the main spine of the town, as well as making it more attractive for investment, and increasing visitors to the town.”
ROD Director, Seamus MacGearailt, said: “ROD was delighted to support Louth County Council in the development of what is a great example of regeneration design, transforming old infrastructure into renewed urban space."