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RPS to Deliver New River Liffey Bridge

30 September 2015

RPS to Deliver New River Liffey Bridge

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RPS, in a joint venture with Flint & Neill UK, has just been appointed by Dublin City Council to deliver a new bridge over the River Liffey for pedestrian & cyclist use.

The RPS Flint & Neill team is responsible for the options study, planning, detailed design and construction stages of the proposed bridge, which will be located between the East Link Bridge and the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Our team will design an ‘opening’ bridge to facilitate demand-led openings and maintain access for sea going vessels and the increasing water based activity and events in this thriving location.

The bridge will be over 130m in length and construction is programmed to commence in 2017.

Image: Tony Magee, RPS

The new bridge is required as part of the North Lotts & Grand Canal Dock Strategic Development Zone (the planning scheme for Dublin Docklands), which proposes an additional 20,000 new jobs to the Docklands area. The new bridge over the Liffey is critical to reduce pressure on the Samuel Beckett Bridge and East Link Bridge at peak times for pedestrians and cyclists. The development of the proposed bridge will also link the north and south sides of the Liffey and the Grand Canal Dock area both physically and in people’s minds, which will assist in the promotion of an integrated Docklands destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) critical to the Irish economy.

Tony Magee, Director Buildings & Structures, stated ‘’Both RPS and Flint & Neill are working on the Mersey Gateway Bridge, the landmark cable stay bridge in Liverpool currently under construction - Flint & Neill as Bridge Designer and RPS as the Technical Adviser to the lenders including construction monitoring. RPS and Flint & Neill have an enviable track record as designers of landmark and award winning bridges and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Liffey Bridge project ‘’.

RPS and Flood Risk Mapping of the Netherlands

24 September 2015

RPS and Flood Risk Mapping of the Netherlands


RPS appointed to advise on high profile Dutch national flood risk assessment.

Dutch fenlands at Castricum. Rianne van Mourik

“We have X-rayed our flood defences and now it’s time to cure them…” stated the Dutch minister of Infrastructure and Environment when she received the final report of The National Flood Risk Analysis for the Netherlands, VNK2 (Veiligheid Nederland in Kaart in Dutch). RPS has been significantly involved in the delivery of this ongoing national flood risk assessment work since it commenced in 2008.

In close collaboration with the Dutch Water Authorities, provincial authorities, the national water authority, Rijkswaterstaat, and other engineering consultancies, RPS has worked on this high profile project not only to determine the current flood risk levels for all primary flood defences in the country, but also to lay the foundation for future flood risk assessments for The Netherlands.

For the VNK2 study, RPS calculated flood risks along rivers, coastal stretches and around lakes using the latest scientific knowledge. RPS calculated and mapped the failure probability for the main failure mechanisms including the likelihood and possible extent of both economic damage and human fatalities. This resulted in reports which policy makers could use to prioritise and design levee re-enforcements. Furthermore the methods and insights provide important input for updating the statutory flood risk assessment tools. The RPS Delft office is intensively involved in this update program.

Lauwersmeer from Oostmahorn harbour, northern Netherlands. Simon Doesburg

An English version of the published report with lots of interesting reading, maps and beautiful pictures can be downloaded from the following website:
RoSPA Gold for RPS following Fifth Gold Standard Win

10 September 2015

RoSPA Gold for RPS following Fifth Gold Standard Win

Image: Gill McKenzie with the RoSPA Gold award certificate.

RPS wins Gold five years running for Health and Safety excellence.

RPS Planning & Development in the UK has been awarded the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Gold medal celebrating five consecutive annual Gold standard awards from the society.

RoSPA’s award scheme, which turns 60 next year, is open to all businesses internationally and recognises the highest levels of Health and Safety good practice being consistently met and surpassed across management systems both in client engagement and the workplace environment.

‘It takes achieving and maintaining these levels, then continuing to build upon them, creating an exemplary system that pushes the goals of high attainment in Health and Safety standards to achieve the recognition of a RoSPA Gold medal, so this is really something fantastic to receive and to underline the quality of RPS’ services to our clients, says RPS Health & Safety Manager Gill McKenzie ‘Well done to all our staff for ensuring we meet such exceptional standards.’

RoSPA’s non-competitive Health and Safety award grades achievement at merit, bronze, silver and gold levels. Organisations that maintain exceptional standards for consecutive years can receive the Gold Medal, President’s Award or Order of Distinction.

RPS Secures Green Light for Straw Pellet Production Plant

04 September 2015

RPS Secures Green Light for Straw Pellet Production Plant

Image credit: Ely cathedral. Bell

On 5th August 2015, leading planning and environmental consultancy RPS secured planning permission for a straw pellet production plant in Ely.

This will be the first of five plants to be built by Pelco. A planning application for the next plant is anticipated towards the end of the year with others to follow. The sites are primarily within arable crop growing areas with a wide catchment of potential straw suppliers. The sites also have good transport links in line with the emphasis on delivering pellets by rail. The Ely plant will see 150,000 tonnes of straw per annum turned into a pellet that will be taken off site by train and converted into energy.

The 17m high building and 47m high rail loading silo is carefully designed in response to the challenges posed by its setting. The site is bounded on three sides by the Ely Pits and Meadows SSSI, it has a Conservation Area and Country Park located to the North West and Ely Cathedral in view.

“Strong and effective project management were vital to securing a favourable outcome for this project” advises Maureen Darrie, Director of Planning at RPS. “To address the challenges raised by the sites location we ensured we maintained an open and proactive dialogue with key stakeholders throughout the process and as a result were able to secure planning permission in just 18 weeks”.

Proposals for the site incorporate bio-diversity enhancements and long term management strategies to benefit the wider setting and the SSSI. Permanent and temporary construction jobs will be created at the plant and long term contracts will be secured in the farming and haulage industries with an overall investment over the life of the plant in excess of £100m.