RPS has won the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) Award for Excellence in Civil Engineering for its work on Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant Stage 3. The award was presented at the annual dinner and awards ceremony on Friday 27th March in Dublin.
The Ballymore Eustace Plant is Ireland’s largest water treatment plant supplying 22% of Ireland’s entire population across Dublin City, Kildare, Dun Laoghaire and South Dublin. The plant provides up to 318 million litres of water daily with a peak capacity of 400 million litres. It is the culmination of a 30 year plan designed to provide Dublin with a state of the art, cost effective water supply. The facility is not only capable of meeting the current demands, but it can meet the needs of the greater Dublin area until a longer term new source is developed after 2020.
RPS has been involved in the planning and development of the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant since 1983. RPS completed the detailed design, procurement and construction supervision of this Stage 3 development on behalf of Dublin City Council. It took over six years to complete and involved staff from across our Irish offices. The €120m project included a combination of existing plant refurbishment and new plant construction, all delivered within a live treatment plant without interrupting supply or compromising water quality. It was substantially completed in 2013 and included over 1,500,000 construction man hours, 40,000m3 of concrete and 5,500 tons of steel.
As well as providing a robust water supply, the innovative project minimises energy consumption and CO2 emissions, protects the environment via a purpose built wastewater management facility, and provides the lowest cost water in the country at 6.5 cent/m3.