Carlow Flood Relief Project

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Carlow Flood Relief Project

Carlow County Council

The award winning Carlow Flood Relief project safeguards residents of Carlow Town against the threat of flooding.

Carlow Town, with a population of over 23,000, has been affected by flooding from the Rivers Barrow and Burrin for many years.

The design of Carlow Flood Relief Scheme recommended containment of the 100 year flood within the river channels as the preferred solution, to be achieved through the construction of reinforced concrete and sheetpiled floodwalls.

The biggest challenge for RPS as project designer and engineer was to design defences that would not adversely impact on the town’s long relationship with its rivers. The project involved considerable correspondence with multiple stakeholders. The flood defence works incorporated new amenity facilities in the area, including a new improved boat slip and a pedestrian tow path.

As well as protecting the built environment and creating a new public realm, the works have provided an added benefit to the town by regenerating areas and enhancing the public’s association with the town’s rivers. The project won the Protecting the Built Environment Award at the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards 2014.