Haulbowline Island was the location of Ireland’s only steelworks which operated between 1939 and 2001. From the early 1960s, waste from the steel production process was deposited on an area of reclaimed foreshore, which became known as the ‘East Tip’.
The East Tip predominantly comprises stockpiles of waste slag and mill scale throughout the 9 hectare site. The overall Haubowline Island Remediation Project represents a multimillion Euro investment by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, through their agent Cork County Council. The island, which is also home to the Irish Naval Service, only has one land-based access point across two bridges and this infrastructure also needed significant upgrades to facilitate the remediation project.
RPS provided environmental and engineering consultancy services for the preparation of an outline remediation design, EIS, waste licence application and planning application for the East Tip. A planning application for the remediation of the East Tip and its transformation into a public recreational amenity was approved by An Bord Pleanála in May 2014 and a waste licence was subsequently granted by the EPA in July 2014. RPS is also providing design, procurement and contract management services to facilitate the delivery of the remediation solution.
Remedial works designed by RPS began in 2014 with the repair of the bridges to the island and the upgrading of the access road. Most recently, RPS has managed a number of advance works contracts (including demolition, site clearance and preparatory works) through detailed design and construction completion. The main remediation works contract commenced construction in July 2017 and is delivering a sustainable design solution through re-profiling of the site, construction of a perimeter engineered structure around the East Tip and installation of engineered capping and surface water drainage systems. The ultimate landscape masterplan which is currently being delivered will comprise a public parkland amenity with picturesque views of Cork Harbour. It is envisaged that construction work will be substantially complete by the end of 2018.