Mott MacDonald is designing the €30-40 million Enniscorthy flood defence scheme in the Republic of Ireland on behalf of Wexford County Council. The project is being funded by the Office of Public Works.
The town of Enniscorthy is located on the banks of the River Slaney and has a long history of flooding, most recently in 2015. These events pose health and safety risks to the town’s inhabitants and also cause property damage and major disruption to commercial activities within the town.
The proposed works cover a 3.5km section of the River Slaney. Major elements include the construction of flood defence walls on both banks of the river, river channel widening and deepening, a flow diversion channel, underpinning of existing bridges and riverbed stabilisation. The scope of work also includes the design and construction of a new 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 Enniscorthy flood defence scheme is due to be completed in 2019.