Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre

RPS was appointed by the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources for the €38M development of 450m of new pier, quayside facilities for commercial fishing, offshore energy (oil, gas and renewables) and cruise sectors.


The project involved the construction of 450 m of deepwater quay together with fish handling plant, stores, boat repair shed, 11ha reclamation and 355,000m3 dredging at Rough Point, Killybegs. The works also comprised the construction of a significant harbour administration building housing several tenants including customs and fisheries inspectors.

Key details

Project name
Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre

Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources

County Donegal, Ireland

Services provided

  • Maritime infrastructure
  • Coastal engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Project management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Structural engineering


Killybegs FHC was a complex project including many disciplines and required effective project management throughout. Engineering challenges included:

  • 11 hectares of reclamation by use of recovered sands, gravels and stiff clays. Initial consolidation of the reclamation area was a particular challenge.
  • Active aquaculture sites were present in relatively close proximity to the site requiring  careful consideration of dredging methodology.
  • The range of potential uses of the facility led to challenges in provision of adequate deck loading capacity.
  • The first enclosed ship repair and painting building in a National FHC. This was a large building with hinged doors comprising the entire gable end of the building which presented challenges in relation to the design for critical wind loading conditions.
  • Stiff clays on site presented challenges in relation to pile installation.
  • High standards of cleanliness were required to be considered during the design phase for areas for fish handling and wash down.
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RPS was lead consultant in undertaking all services of feasibility studies, concept layouts, planning application, detailed design, contract preparation and site supervision & administration.  As lead consultant RPS worked with the client and stakeholders to develop a scheme and associated facilities to meet a range of diverse requirements.

Preliminary studies included investigation of alternative locations for port expansion in Killybegs Harbour to facilitate the expanded local fishing fleet, encourage further visiting fishing boats and to future-proof the port with facilities for the emerging oil, gas and renewable energy sector.

Key to a cost effective solution was careful consideration of the cut and fill balance between the re-used dredged material and the reclamation area which included an assessment of material consolidation times against required timescales for occupation.

RPS also prepared and managed a range of environmental and statutory consenting processes to ensure the project met all statutory requirements. 


Total Works Value
Dredging of 100,000m3 soft sediments for sea disposal
Dredging of 255,000m3 stiff clays, sands & gravel for 11 ha reclamation
450m quay wall dredged up to –12mCD depth

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