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    RPS Successfully Delivers 40km Motorway

    10 December 2008

    RPS Successfully Delivers 40km Motorway

    One of the longest sections of motorway ever opened in Ireland was delivered seven months ahead of schedule and under budget by RPS. The M8 Cullahill to Cashel was opened by Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey, on 8th December 2008, the Minister said that the 40km motorway would improve road safety.

    The new €435 road is expected to take at least 20 minutes off the journey time between Dublin and Cork, as it bypasses the towns of Johnstown and Urlingford in Co. Kilkenny, and Littleton and Horse & Jockey in Co. Tipperary. Almost 16,000 vehicles a day will be removed from these towns along the route, separating local and national traffic.

    The transport team in Dublin managed the design on the M8 Cullahill to Cashel in a joint venture with Roughan & O’Donovan, drawing key expertise from other sectors of RPS, including water, structures, landscaping and environmental assessment. The project consists of 40km of Motorway with 11km of ancillary roads and 78 structures including 4 grade separated junctions, 21 road bridges and 7 river bridges and was procured by Kilkenny County Council as a target cost, design and build contract.

    RPS, as designers for the design and build consortium, formed a key component to the successful delivery of this key piece of national infrastructure.

    Contact:

    RPS Ireland
    T: +353 (0)1 488 2900

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    RPS Contributes to Tidal Energy Success

    26 November 2008

    RPS Contributes to Tidal Energy Success

    For first time, tidal-generated electricity is fed directly into UK national grid.

    For several years RPS has been working closely with Dublin-based tidal energy firm Openhydro on the development and deployment of their open-centre tidal turbine technology. In 2006 RPS designed a twin-pile structure, installed at EMEC in Orkney, which is now operating as a test-bed for Openhydro’s development programme. In May this year, electricity produced by the test-bed turbine was fed directly into the national grid – making Openhydro the first firm in the UK or Ireland to achieve this important milestone.
     

    RPS is now working on the design of a new completely submersible base on which Openhydro intends to install its commercial-pattern units.  RPS responsibilities include structural and hydrodynamic analysis, the preparation of a detailed design report for DNV (Det Norske Veritas) level certification – and preparation of contract documentation for the fabrication tender.  The first test-deployment of such a base was successfully completed in September of this year.

     
    RPS is also involved in the design of installation and retrieval methods for the sub-sea bases, including the required machinery, as well as elements of the design of the turbine itself.  RPS continues to work closely with Openhydro on the design of the open-centre turbine and sub-sea structure as the technology is readied for commercial contracts in the Channel Islands, Nova Scotia and Brittany.
     
     
    Contact:
    Dr Michael Shaw, Director – Ports, Harbours and Environmental
    T: 028 9066 7914
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    RPS Planning Award presented to Wexford County Council

    08 November 2008

    RPS Planning Award presented to Wexford County Council

    For the second year running, RPS sponsored the Planning Service Award at Chambers Ireland’s Excellence in Local Government Awards.

    The awards ceremony was held on 6th November in the Crowne Plaza, Dublin and the RPS Planning Service Award 2008 was presented to Wexford County Council, for their commitment to a high-quality planning service and their engagement with stakeholders.

    This was the fifth year of the awards, which are held in association with Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and aim to acknowledge and encourage innovation and best practice among Ireland’s local authorities.

    From left to right: Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government, John Gormley T.D.; Niall McDonnell, Senior Executive Officer, Planning, Wexford Co. Co.; Councillor Peter Byrne, Chairman Wexford Co. Co.; David Pierce, President, Chambers Ireland and Kieran Kennedy, Managing Director, RPS Planning & Environment.

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    Official Opening of Aran Islands Harbour Development The 'X' Factor

    05 November 2008

    Official Opening of Aran Islands Harbour Development The 'X' Factor

    Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Mr. Éamon Ó Cuiv, accompanied by the Minister for Natural Resources Mr. Eamon Ryan, officially opened the Caladh Mór Sheltered Harbour Development on Inis Meáin on Monday 3rd November 2008. 

    (left-right): Mr. Darren McCormack (RPS), Minister Éamon Ó Cuiv, Dr. Michael Shaw (RPS), Ms Sinéad Henry (RPS).

    Representatives from Galway County Council, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, RPS, SIAC Construction Limited and Islanders from both neighbouring Islands and Inis Meáin were present for the ceremony.

    Inis Meáin is the middle of the three Aran Islands, between Inis Mór and Inis Oirr and is home to approximately 200 Islanders

    The €14M Caladh Mór Sheltered Harbour Development included the removal of approximately 34,000m³ of limestone rock to form a sheltered basin to a depth of -3.0m Chart Datum. A precast concrete caisson pier was constructed and protected with concrete armour units, increasing the berthing capacity of the Island. Also, a 125m long offshore breakwater was constructed to provide sheltered berthing facilities for those using the harbour. The new development provides an environmentally sustainable sheltered harbour for vessels and will encourage visitation by leisure craft, boosting tourism on the Island.

     

    A particular feature of the works is the use of precast concrete armour units for the breakwater structures. The units used are of a new design (XBloc®), they are 9.6 tonnes in weight and were cast on Inis Meáin by the Islanders.

    RPS was responsible for managing the project through its various stages including carrying out an EIS, full design, contract documentation and administration. RPS was the Lead Consultant on the project and supervised the project onsite.

    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +44 (0)28 9066 7914

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    RPS advises on safe cyanide disposal

    14 August 2008

    RPS advises on safe cyanide disposal

    RPS has advised client South Dublin County Council on the safe disposal of 'out of date' cylinders of hydrogen cyanide. As South Dublin is a very built up area in residential commercial and industrial terms there were genuine public fears for the safe handling of the waste cyanide which is a toxic poison.
    RPS Environment and project communications were called in to assist in advising the Council on the best environmentally safe disposal method and to manage public concern. After initial assessment RPS Dublin decided to mobilise the RPS Explosive Engineering Division from Bristol who are internationally experienced in the safe disposal of chemical waste substances.

    EED called for x-radiography of the cylinders to confirm the composition state of the chemicals which were some 40 to 50 years old. Following this RPS assessment contractors were called in from the UK (Clearaway Voelia) and US (IES) to transport the chemicals to a secure location and to render them safe in public safety terms.

    Two options were considered by RPS - (A) chemical neutralisation in South Dublin and thermal treatment of residues abroad and (B) controlled burn at a remote army installation in the Wicklow Mountains south of Dublin.

    RPS recommended Option A to South Dublin County Council with Option B as a fallback solution if Option A proved unsuccessful. Following detailed planning and assessment of the contents of the containers following radiographic examination the containers were carefully loaded and transported under heavy police escort at night when traffic levels were lowest along a planned itinerary to the centre of a public golf course in South Dublin and chemically neutralised over a two day period when the golf course was closed to the public. The resulting liquid residues were then sent to Rotterdam for incineration as there is no such facility yet in Ireland.

    Before during and after the neutralisation process RPS undertook air, soil and water monitoring of the secure location to Environmental Protection Agency satisfaction. RPS also undertook logistical design of the operation and managed 'public information centres' at the alternative process locations to allay any public concerns.

    During the process South Dublin County Council maintained contact with the public through regular press releases and radio interviews in addition to public information leaflets issued by RPS. The concluded process was widely publicised in the National Press and on radio/TV as the perceived threat to public safety was raised in the Dail (Parliament) and with the Minister for the Environment on a number of occasions when the story first broke.

    Political and environmental regulators and commentators praised South Dublin County Council for their enlightened and efficient response to the threat posed by the waste cyanide. RPS were glad to advise and assist this challenging process of rendering toxic material safe in a carefully controlled environment.

    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +353 1 420 3100

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    Waste Management in Apartments

    06 August 2008

    Waste Management in Apartments

    RPS has recently completed a 10-month desk study examining organic waste management for multi-occupancy buildings in Ireland. 36% of all household waste is made up of food and garden (organic) waste, which can be biologically treated to create compost. Waste management policy in Ireland requires organic household waste to be separated from other domestic waste products at source to ensure that it is diverted from landfill, but this is not easy to implement for multi-occupancy residential buildings such as apartments. The pay-by-use system was brought in in 2005 to encourage this policy and make the waste management system more equitable.

    Whilst all local authorities operate a kerbside collection of dry recyclable waste, only four authorities (Galway City, Galway County, Waterford City, and Waterford County) operate a collection for organic waste that covers both single and multi-occupancy dwelling units, though Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council have both recently launched pilot schemes.

    So what is rotting the implementation of organic waste collection from apartments? It is argued that there are more physical obstacles presented such as a lack of outdoor space that can be designated for waste collection. Such concerns can also make it more difficult for individual apartment residents to take part in organic waste collection schemes through their local authority, creating an inequality in access to the scheme.

    The implementation of a nationwide scheme to facilitate organic waste collection from all multi-occupancy residential buildings will provide long-term environmental and economic gain to offset the initial costs of successfully implementing and maintaining such a scheme, and further research would help to enable the scheme most effectively. A feasible and practical set of guidelines for developers, architects, planners, and property management companies would also help to overcome the current obstacles at source.

    The growing number of apartments in Irish urban areas creates new challenges for source separation of organics and subsequent recycling. ‘This study will point the way forwards for better waste management in apartments’ said Warren Phelan, RPS Associate in the Dublin office. ‘Meeting the EU Landfill Directive targets for biodegradable waste will be challenging. This study will assist in the sustainable management of waste in apartments which is a growing part of new dwellings in Ireland’ says Larry O’Toole, RPS Director of Waste & Energy.

    Note:
    To read the RPS report ‘Organic Waste Management in Apartments’
    please click here

    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +353 1 4882900

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    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +353 1 4882900

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    Scarva Road Community- Recycling Centre Opens in Banbridge

    24 July 2008

    Scarva Road Community- Recycling Centre Opens in Banbridge

    Minister for The Environment Arlene Foster recently opened the newly expanded Scarva Road community-recycling centre in Banbridge. Council Chairman John Hanna said “not only is the new centre five times bigger, it is five times better owing to the eco-friendly systems we have introduced to reduce the negative impact it will have on the environment. The facility has been designed to meet the needs of an expanding population.”

    RPS acted as Lead Consultant on the development and was involved from an early stage, and provided conceptual design, preparation and submission of the planning application, and detailed design work. The site required a blend of expertise from RPS. Knowledge of the Civil, structural, MEICA, architectural and landscaping disciplines was essential to make the project work. RPS’ mulitdisciplined team created a truly sustainable facility. Contract procurement and successful management of construction ensured that this £1.75 million project was completed on schedule and within budget. The site has been expanded to include a skip yard which features conventional and compactor skips, storage areas for WEEE and bulky waste, and areas for recycling containers.

    The centre has a training room that will be used to educate children and local community groups on environmental issues. In addition, there is a re-use centre, where unused or unwanted household goods can be brought, which will divert waste away from landfill. It is also hoped that re-use centre can be used as a training facility to provide social and economic benefit to the local community.

    The refurbishment and expansion of the site has increased recycling quantities and decreased the amount of waste going to landfill, which will help the Council hit national and EU recycling targets.

    Eco-friendly features at the site include solar panels for water heating, storm water attenuation and treatment using a reed bed, and rainwater harvesting. There is hope that a wind turbine will be added to the site in the future to provide electricity.

    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +44 (0)28 9066 7914

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    RPS Consultant is Keynote Speaker at Successful Seminar

    09 July 2008

    RPS Consultant is Keynote Speaker at Successful Seminar

    A recent seminar on Corporate Social Responsibility held in Castlemartyr, Co Cork was hosted by East Cork Area Development.

    Representatives from a number of large corporations including: Janssen, FMC, GE Healthcare and Gilead Sciences, attended to gain an insight into the benefits of I.S.393 Energy Management Systems. Dr. Elmer Morrissey, an energy engineer from the RPS Curraheen office was a keynote speaker.

    Outlining how I.S.393 can be used to formalise an energy management system within a corporate structure, Dr. Morrissey illustrated how this system can help reduce environmental impacts and mitigate energy usage, whilst allowing companies to operate more efficiently and reduces operational costs. This also provided the companies with a clear overview on how this system assists in their corporate and social responsibilities.  The seminar generated considerable local interest receiving coverage in the Business section of both The Examiner and The Evening Echo.

    A highly qualified civil and energy engineer, Dr. Morrissey has in-depth building services and energy engineering experience. He has worked on energy conservation projects within the industrial and commercial sectors and has presented several lectures at University College Cork on the topic of Building Information Models and building energy simulation in the commercial industry.

    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +353 21 480 4600

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    Strategic Environmental Assessment “Getting it Right”

    09 June 2008

    Strategic Environmental Assessment “Getting it Right”

    RPS, jointly with Arthur Cox Solicitors, recently hosted the highly successful event: ‘Strategic Environmental Assessment: Getting it Right’ at Dublin’s Merrion Hotel on the 8th May 2008.

    The event was attended by a range of public bodies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Dublin Transportation Office, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and a number of Local Authorities from both within and outside of the Dublin Region. A number of private clients also attended to learn how SEA affected them.

    This event, chaired by Jerry Grant, RPS Managing Director, was divided into four issue areas with focused talks provided by the following speakers:

    • Dr. Yvonne Scannell (Arthur Cox), SEA – More Legal Problems;
    • Dr. Antonia Gaughran (RPS Environment Dublin), Real Problems -
      Practical Solutions for Implementing Best Practice for SEA;
    • Richard Hamilton (RPS Planning), A Planning Perspective – What does SEA mean for Developers;
    • And Lorraine Fitzgerald (RPS Project Communications), Taking Account of Stakeholder Issues within the SEA Process

    A question and answer session provided an opportunity for the invitees to comment and seek clarification on the issues they considered most pressing. The requirement for a Habitats Directive Assessment (also known as appropriate assessment) was queried a number of times, with both Dr. Antonia Gaughran and Dr. Yvonne Scannell providing responses. The feedback forms returned at the end of the seminar indentified a very positive response to the day and invitees stressed that they would attend a similar event.

    The SEA process 1 provides an early consideration of environmental issues in the planning process and creates an opportunity for environmental factors to be considered explicitly alongside other factors such as social, technical or economic aspects. It also gives stakeholders an opportunity to shape the Plan or Programme through comment at the initial planning stages and allows them to be kept informed of decisions and how they were made.

    Contact:
    RPS Ireland
    T: +353 1 488 2900


    1 The formal, systematic and comprehensive process of evaluating the effects of a proposed policy, plan or programme or its alternatives, including the written report on the findings of that evaluation, and using the findings in publicly accountable decision making’ (Therivel et al, 1992).

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    RPS Developed Service FREE Trade Receives Taoiseach’s Award

    09 May 2008

    RPS Developed Service FREE Trade Receives Taoiseach’s Award


     
    Public Service Excellence Award recognises FREE Trade website success.
    On the 18th April the former Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D presented Dublin City Council with a Taoiseach’s Public Service Excellence Award for the FREE Trade service. The award was presented at a ceremony in Dublin Castle and is the highest accolade afforded to public sector projects in Ireland. The project received a further boost when it was selected to represent Ireland at a European Showcase in October.

    The innovative service promotes the reuse of items in Dublin and allows users to extend the lifespan of items by advertising and passing them on through the service. Since its launch in August 2006 FREE Trade has been hugely successful with over 10,000 items having been reused through the service to date. In its short existence the service has contributed significantly to improving the management of resources and to the development of a full range of public waste services in Dublin.

    FREE Trade service was developed by RPS in partnership with the Dublin Local Authorities as part of their on-going management of the DublinWaste.ie. The service was conceived by Mr. Warren Phelan, Associate with the Waste and Energy Department in the RPS West Pier offices, who has acted as project manager of the site since May 2004.

    RPS plan to continue to evolve the service with additional innovative features planned including a new text alert system for users.

    DublinWaste.ie was previously awarded a Golden Spider Award for Best Public Sector Website in 2007 and this recent honour cements its place as the most popular waste management website on the island of Ireland.

    For more information contact:

    RPS Ireland

    Tel:  +353 1 488 2900

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    Skibbereen Scheme

    19 March 2008

    Skibbereen Scheme

    A major upgrade of wastewater infrastructure in Skibbereen, West Cork has recently commenced construction.  The new system includes the construction of five pumping stations and approximately 18km of pipework (150mm to 1200mm diameter) to meet the needs of up to 9,400 people.  A wastewater treatment plant will also be constructed as part of a separate contract.

    RPS is project managing this €20M scheme with Cork County Council.  RPS have been working with the client since the schemes inception and have prepared the Preliminary Report, Detailed Design, Contract Documents, Foreshore Licence, Planning Permission and Wayleave Acquisitions.  RPS also completed the Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed secondary wastewater treatment plant.  RPS are currently supervising the construction of this scheme.
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    Construction for the pumping stations and sewers is now underway and a comprehensive traffic management plan is being implemented by the Contractor to ensure minimal disruption to local roads during pipelaying works.

    Works are expected to be substantially completed by early 2009

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    RPS Market Leaders in Sustainability

    07 March 2008

    RPS Market Leaders in Sustainability

    Previously published in Council Review (Ireland), January 2008

    Whilst Ireland continues to make significant progress across a whole range of waste management indicators including municipal waste recycling, packaging waste recycling, WEEE etc, the waste market is still far from mature and there continue to be significant challenges that lie ahead.

    There are a number of legislative and policy initiatives which will continue to shape the sector in 2008 and beyond and some fundamental decisions will also have to be made on the direction of the industry going forward; these include the Minister’s intended international waste policy review; the decision on whether to appoint a waste regulator; the forthcoming Waste Framework Directive; the first EU Landfill Directive target for diversion of waste from landfill; recent planning and licence approvals; the role of the private and public sectors in the waste market.

    Many of these issues were debated and discussed at the recent 5th National Waste Summit in Croke Park. However the fact that the waste debate has moved onto issues such as these is an indication of just how far Ireland has come as a country in the last decade.

    As the leading waste management consultancy in Ireland, RPS is proud to have played a significant role in the development of waste management in this country through the development on behalf of some 24 local authorities of Regional Waste Management Plans that have set out the blueprint for waste management in this country based on best international practice. In addition to the Waste Plans, RPS has prepared key strategic documents on behalf of Government and State Agencies including the 2nd National Hazardous Waste Plan Review, the National Biodegradable Waste Strategy Study, the Market Development Programme and the Forfas International Benchmarking Study.

    Whilst RPS has long been associated with strategy formulation, they continue to have a strong track record in the development of waste infrastructure for both the public and private sectors including recycling centres, biological treatment plants, materials recovery facilities and landfills. Development of these facilities is carried out through various procurement mechanisms including traditional design and construction but also through PPP mechanisms. One such PPP contract includes the development of the proposed Waste to Energy Facility in Dublin where RPS is acting as Clients Representative for the four Dublin Local Authorities led by Dublin City Council.


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    RPS constantly brings innovation and a value engineering approach to their projects. However the issue of sustainability is also becoming increasingly important and RPS brings a wide range of skills and expertise to this area ranging from sustainability in design, energy efficiency, renewable energy assessment and carbon footprinting through to sustainable drainage and transport assessments. Not just responding to but often leading the demands of an ever-evolving and changing market ensures that RPS is always at the forefront and can provide clients with ‘best in class’ consultancy services.

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    Planning for Excellence

    26 February 2008

    Planning for Excellence


    First published in Project Management Yearbook Edition January 2008.
    Author: Jerry Grant, Chairman of RPS Ireland and Northern Ireland

    RPS Ireland and Northern Ireland Chairman Jerry Grant writes on planning excellence for Project Management Yearbook.

    RPS Project Management

    RPS realises that Project Management of complex infrastructural projects has become a sophisticated discipline requiring a combination of experience, knowledge and state of the art systems. Delivering on the planning, design, procurement and environmental functions through the project life cycle requires technical and commercial awareness. The project management systems and techniques RPS has developed combine international best practice and its experience of delivering some of the largest infrastructural projects in the state. RPS project managers have delivered projects within challenging programmes by utilising strategies such as concurrency techniques. The development of clearly defined responsibilities and lines of communication have greatly assisted in becoming leading project managers.

    Systems

    RPS has developed specialist in-house systems to provide cost and programme control, real-time reporting to clients, risk allocation and ensures value for money. These systems correlate expenditure to project timescales, which promotes cost consciousness. Client approved software is utilised along with RPS developed management systems to ensure the successful outcome of projects. Tracking systems are in place to manage third party costs on behalf of our clients for use on complex, multi-disciplinary projects. The system requires all third parties to submit costs at regular intervals and they are compared against an earned value model to ensure progress and value for money. RPS was awarded runner-up in the Project Category at the IT Inspired awards this year for its work on in-house specialist systems.

    Project Management of Infrastructural Projects

    Procurement of projects on behalf of our clients is a specialism that requires rigorous adherence to the relevant EU Procurement Directives and associated national Regulations. Quality or price selection of Contractors is developed based on transparent and robust processes, which gives the most economical delivery for the client. As the author of the national guidelines on PPP contracts, RPS used this expertise to project manage some of the largest PPP procured projects in the state. RPS’ in-depth technical knowledge allied with its project management expertise has given it the skills necessary to progress these projects through all of the statutory processes involved.

    Within the construction stage, RPS Project Management covers overall supervision of project delivery (quality, time and cost), together with on-site supervision. RPS has developed best practice methodologies for tracking and reporting on progress and ensuring that value objectives are kept in mind and ultimately delivered on. Project Management Services are supported by health and safety and project commissioning services, client training and operational support at handover.

    An Integrated Service

    By offering an integrated multi-disciplinary service we can provide clients with a whole - project service which includes project conception, feasibility assessment, procurement, contract supervision, construction phase management and long-term maintenance if required. RPS is a leading provider of these services in Ireland by virtue of the scale and quality of its resources, now over 1,200. RPS benefits particularly from its integrated range of disciplines from planning to engineering, environment, energy and economic specialisations and the additional external support from RPS worldwide. The company can utilise its international resources in the areas of Architecture, Sustainability and Climate Change and Energy consultancy.

    Within RPS, services are diversifying into new areas such as Sustainability and Climate Change, Transport Planning, Project Communications and Health and Safety consultancy. RPS’ innovative approach to services has always been driven by the needs of clients and as such RPS is responsive to their needs even if they are not “traditional” services.

    This year RPS’ Project Communications team was awarded the Best Awareness Campaign in the EU for their work on the Notice Nature campaign. This approach to awareness raising and stakeholder issues combines technical knowledge with innovative public relations tools to ensure that a clear, consistent and inclusive message is presented. When applied on projects this approach has ensured the successful delivery of some of the most controversial projects on the island. Stakeholder involvement is a key part of every project in RPS. The Project Communications team is responsible for several large scale awareness Campaigns and have received European recognition for their Notice Nature campaign on behalf of the Department of the Environment which follows on from the extremely successful Race against Waste campaign.

     


    Allied with its integrated service offering are particular strengths which RPS Project Management can deliver, these include:

    • High level planning, strategic environmental assessment in conjunction with strategic planning and environmental impact assessment at project level
    • Project Communication and Stakeholder engagement strategies which are now seen as fundamental to the development of vital community support for such projects
    • Public Private Partnership Assessment including detailed project risk assessment, the development of whole life cost models and public sector cost benchmarks
    • Sustainability Assessment including Climate Change impacts and mitigation measures
    • Procurement Strategies and process management across the full range from conventional, to design-build, design-build-operate (DBO) and full PPP projects including project finance.

    For more information please contact:
    RPS Dublin (West Pier) – Planning & Development
    T: +353 (0)1 288 4499

    Project Highlights 2007:
    • Titanic Quarter Development including Arc, Gateway Building, Proni, Titanic Tower, Signature Building and Hotel.
    • North Coast Wastewater Treatment Plant, located between Portrush and Portstewart
    • Masterplanning for the Port of Cork
    • Ballymore Eustace - Water Treatment Plant
    • Dublin Airport - Masterplan, Extension to Terminal 1 and Utilities Contract
    • A1/N1 - Cross border highway project between Ireland and Northern Ireland
    • Fanad Bridge - Co. Donegal
    • Notice Nature - Public Awareness Campaign on Bio-diversity
    • Limerick Southern Ring Road Phase II - including a tunnel under the River Shannon
    • EPA Groundwater Monitoring - National monitoring programme on behalf of the EPA
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    Dublin Airport’s Terminal One gets Major Extension

    29 January 2008

    Dublin Airport’s Terminal One gets Major Extension


    Planning consent has just been granted for a €55 million extension to Terminal One at Dublin Airport – and work will start soon. It is being extended to cope with the continued growth in passenger numbers – more than 22 million people are expected to use the terminal this year.

    RPS has been responsible for the development from inception through to Outline Design, Planning Submission and Tender Issue for Construction. The role has also involved Stakeholder Consultation, Value Management, Project Management and Operation/Construction Logistics Management. With planning approval secured RPS will now be responsible for overseeing the Detailed Design and Construction of the project.

    RPS was appointed by the Dublin Airport Authority to carry out the Management, Design Development and Contract Administration of the Terminal 1 Extension at Dublin Airport as part of a consortium. The airside terminal extension is designed to improve passenger circulation space and comfort in the terminal areas and will consist of arrivals and departures facilities on two levels plus a mezzanine. There will also be ancillary support accommodation including additional check-in areas with baggage facilities, retail and restaurant/bars on the mezzanine level.

    The overall project cost is €55M and work is expected to be completed in 2009. RPS is acting as the Project Manager on the scheme and is providing Structural, Civil and Fire engineering services in addition to acting as the PSDS (Project Supervisor Design Stage).

    The project is an aggressive fast track programme driven by the challenging aspirations of the DAA management to open the new facility in mid 2009 to meet dramatic increases in passenger numbers. In facilitating this process RPS are managing a two stage Design - Manage - Construct Procurement route specifically adapted to the Irish market conditions.

    The Civil and Structural Engineering works involve the outline design of a 1100 tonne structural steel frame supported on concrete foundations, the engineering for the fritted glazed façade and the utility services diversions/reinstatement for the airside compound. RPS is also carrying out the fire strategy and engineering for the terminal extension building.

    Other projects that RPS is responsible for include the Utilities Contract (including sustainability assessments, waste management planning and environmental management), the planning aspects of the new northern runway at Dublin Airport, the R132 and the Strategic Planning for stormwater run off at the airport.

    The work will be carried out in phases – with the first elements becoming available early this year. The project – which will be self-funding due to its additional retail income – will be completed by the summer of 2009.

    For more information please contact:
    RPS Dublin (West Pier) – P & D
    T: +353 1 288 4499

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