Wicklow County Council in Ireland has appointed engineering services firm, Ayesa as lead consultant on a major €57m (£49.4m) flood relief scheme.
Ayesa will manage the tendering and detailed design and construction of the Arklow Flood Relief Scheme, aimed at mitigating recurring flooding challenges in the town that houses a population of almost 14,000 citizens.
Following the successful planning approval granted by An Bord Pleanála in July 2022, Ayesa is now advancing the scheme to its next stage.
At the official signing event last month were Wicklow County Council, the minister of state Patrick O’Donovan, TD, and director of Ayesa, Michael Looby. The signing formally recognised Ayesa’s appointment to progress the detailed design and construction, for which the company has already played a “vital” part in securing planning approval.
Minister O’Donovan said: “This is an important investment for the town, and when complete, will protect some 637 residential and 141 commercial properties. Residents and business people in Arklow can be assured that my office and Wicklow County Council will continue to work closely together with Ayesa Consultant Engineers to progress this scheme through the design stage to construction.”
Michael Looby, director at Ayesa, added: “Flood relief schemes are complex endeavours that require a multidisciplinary understanding of both engineering principles and the unique challenges posed by environmental factors.
“With our proven track record in successfully delivering major flood schemes, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute our extensive experience and expertise to this crucial infrastructure development. We are committed to providing a resilient and adaptive flood relief scheme that addresses current challenges and anticipates future climate change impacts.
“We look forward to collaborating with Wicklow County Council and the Office of Public Works to bring this crucial project to fruition, ensuring the safety and protection of the Arklow community.”
The project includes an investment of €57m (£49.4m) funded by the Office of Public Works, and overseen by Wicklow County Council, which addresses the historical impact of flood events and the escalating risks posed by climate change, sediment transport, and other contributing factors.
This scheme is part of a €1.3bn investment committed by the Irish Government to protect approximately 23,000 properties in threatened communities from river and coastal flood risk through 2030.
The Arklow Flood Relief Scheme encompasses a comprehensive set of measures, including constructing flood defences, embankments, and improvements to the Avoca River.
Ayesa is responsible for designing a scheme to withstand both fluvial and tidal flood events, and it involves strategic modifications such as dredging, bridge adjustments, and the installation of roosting platforms to enhance the overall resilience of the town.
Main image: Councillor Aoife Flynn Kennedy, Cathaoirleach of Wicklow County Council; senator Pat Casey; minister Simon Harris; cllr Tommy Annesley; Michael Looby, Ayesa Consulting Engineers; Patrick O’Donovan TD, minister of state for the Office of Public Works; and Emer O’Gorman, chief executive of Wicklow County Council at the signing of the consultants contract for the Arklow Flood Relief Flood Scheme
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