Ireland - Services


Health & Safety

RPS provides comprehensive Health and Safety consultancy services to public and private sector clients throughout Ireland.

Research has shown, that risks to health and safety of persons at work, and others, are best controlled and mitigated by a coherent and focused approach to safety from the concept stage of any project. RPS has been at the forefront of this move to focus on health and safety from initial concept design, through detail design, construction and operation for a wide range of structures and projects. RPS has built an in-house Health & Safety team with the qualifications, training and experience necessary to advise and assist clients in all aspects of safety for their particular project.

RPS provides Health and Safety support to a wide variety of clients across a number of sectors and industries including:

Government Departments

Local Authorities

Pharmaceutical manufacturing

Waste management facilities

Utilities providers

Energy sector

Quarrying operations

Food and beverage

Office and retail sector

Water and wastewater treatment plants

General manufacturing, architectural and design practices

Facilities management sector


Transportation authorities

Case Studies

Allergan Facility

Allergan Facility

Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland


RPS has been engaged in a programme of continuous capital expenditure over a number of years to develop all aspects of the Allergan facility.

Allergan Inc. is a premier, global specialty pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercialises innovative products for the ophthalmology, neurosciences, medical dermatology, medical aesthetics and other specialty markets. Allergan Pharmaceuticals Ireland, a subsidiary of Allergan Inc., is based in Westport, Co. Mayo. Established in 1977, the current facility has grown to over 500,000 sq/ft on a 30 acre campus and includes state-of-the-art chemistry, microbiology and stability laboratories. Manufacturing operations include automated pharmaceutical and biologic filling and packaging lines.

Currently, RPS is engaged on a substantial manufacturing expansion, to construct a new Vial Fill Finish Facility with project costs for this phase in excess of €120m. RPS design, engineer and specify the mechanical, HVAC, process equipment and clean utilities for all aspects of the site. RPS has also assisted Allergan with environmental aspects on the site.

An Post - Nationwide

An Post - Nationwide

An Post


RPS has been engaged by An Post for a number of years, to provide consulting support, project management of works and design of mechanical and electrical systems.

An Post is a major commercial organisation providing a wide range of services which encompass postal, communication, retail and financial services. It is one of Ireland's largest companies directly employing over 10,000 people through its national network of retail, processing and delivery points. RPS has been working with An Post for a number of years and more recently has been awarded a three year contract which involves undertaking a number of projects nationwide. These projects include the redevelopment of existing retail and sorting centres throughout the country. Each project varies in detail due to the diverse nature and age of the An Post Property Portfolio. An Post currently operate from 900 premises nationwide of which a substantial number are either listed or in areas of conservation.

RPS responsibilities include:

Project Management

Health and Safety Support

Architectural Design

Mechanical and Electrical Design

Office Fit-out and Facilities Management

Stakeholder Management Issues (Employees, Public)

Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant

Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant

Dublin City Council / Irish Water

The Ballymore Eustace Plant is Ireland's largest water treatment plant.

The facility serves Dublin, Kildare, Dún-Laoghaire and South Dublin with more than 300 mega litres of water daily (Ml/d). The development has a 400 Ml capacity and is the culmination of a 30 year plan designed to provide Dublin with a state of the art, cost effective water supply. The plant is not only capable of meeting the current demands, it provides for the needs of the greater Dublin area for the medium term until a longer term new source is developed post 2020.

There has been a treatment plant at Ballymore Eustace since the 1940's, which was expanded six times until the 1980's, but the developments were not integrated and RPS was engaged to assist in long term masterplanning and delivery of a modern integrated facility. RPS has been providing planning, design and engineering services on this project since 2002.

Our approach in relation to the planning, implementation and design had to be highly innovative due to the environmentally sensitive location of the plant and the need to maintain an uninterrupted water supply to the city. Our solution was to rebuild the plant on a phased basis – shutting down the old facilities in a staged process as the new elements came online.

The plant combines the robust engineering required of a national strategic asset with innovative value engineering approaches resulting in real whole life cost value for the current utility provider, Irish Water. Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant was awarded the 2015 Excellence Award in Civil Engineering by the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI).

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL)


As PSDP, RPS was responsible for coordinating various designers at each stage of the design process from 2007.

Detailed design of the project started in October 2010. This required a large amount of input from RPS as PSDP to ensure that design decisions were made having regard to overall project objectives and SEPIL’s ‘Goal Zero’ safety objective. RPS has provided PSDP input in the following areas of the design:


4.9km / 4.2m diameter segment lined tunnel from Aughoose to Glengad

Tunnelling compound and pipeline stringing area

On land sections of onshore pipeline (3.4km)

Development of revised design of landfall valve installation (LVI)

Site investigations on land and within the marine environment

Coordination of temporary works designers

Preliminary Health & Safety Plans for defined elements of the project

Compilation of Safety File

Ongoing support to SEPIL and relevant designers in complying with their requirements under relevant Health & Safety legislation

Construction began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2015. The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.