We are pleased to confirm that the King’s Island Flood Relief Scheme was granted planning permission by An Bord Pleanála on 21st May 2021. It is proposed that the construction project will be tendered later this year with construction starting in the first half of 2022, with an anticipated construction programme of between 18 and 24 months.
As well as providing integrated flood protection measures, the scheme also includes extensive landscaping and public realm improvements.
In summary, the works will include a replacement railing on Verdant Place and an extension of the flood defence wall at the rear of the creche/ community centre, construction of a contoured earthen embankments opposite Oliver Pluntkett Street as far as the tie in with the outer embankment at the north end of the island, relocation of open drain in north west corner of Saint Mary’s Park to the toe of proposed earthen embankment, cutting down of existing sheet piles on outer embankment and repair of existing walkway, construction of a contoured earthen embankment to the rear of Saint Munchin’s Street which extends through Star Rovers and Athlunkard Football Clubs and the green areas of Lee Estate / Abbey View as far as Athlunkard Boat Club. The scheme includes the relocation of the astro turf pitch including floodlighting and the provision of fencing and ball stops at playing pitches. A three metre wide footpath / cycleway including public lighting is proposed on top of the earth embankment with pedestrian linkage to Saint Mary’s Park. The proposed works include for the construction of new flood defence wall at Athlunkard Boat Club with new vehicular entrance and internal access roadway, raising a section of existing wall along Sir Harry’s Mall with footpath alteration, replacement of existing parapet along George’s Quay with a new quayside flood defence parapet and section of glazed flood defence panels, road raising at junction of Bridge Street, replacement of cantilever opening in Potato Market with glazed flood defence panel, provision of pedestrian steps / ramps at the pedestrian bridge into the Potato Market and a new flood defence wall on the western edge of the Potato Market. The proposed works include the construction of a vehicular ramp with automatic flood barrier near the entrance of Curragower Boat Club with a new wall between Curragower Boat Club and the Courthouse. Works in Merchants Quay involved the setting back of existing railings and removal of cantilever walkway around the Courthouse and provision of a new cantilever with glazed flood defence panels. There is a combination of glazed flood defence panels and flood defence parapets proposed from the Courthouse as far as King John’s Castle. The scheme includes for the construction of a gravity fed foul sewer from the rear of the Civic Offices to George’s Quay and decommissioning of three foul sewer pumping stations, construction of two inter tidal storage tanks and a new surface water network in Merchants Quay and George’s Quay. The proposed works include for road re-construction, road regrading, drainage works, tree felling, tree planting, landscaping and all associated and ancillary works.
Full details of the design drawings, as submitted to An Bord Pleanála are available in the downloads section of the project website.