Dublin City Council has invited tenders for the design of a 250 metre white-water course on George’s Dock, beside the CHQ building in the IFSC. The plan could include a lido, or public pool.
The white-water course is expected to cost up to €15m.
The dock currently has a platform which is used for events such as Oktoberfest and the Maritime Festival.
As well as the course the Council wants to provide a flood water training area for emergency services, describing it as a “swift-water rescue-training channel, including urban street scene”.
The brief states: “It is envisaged that the white-water course will be located around the edge of George’s Dock (which is adjacent to Custom House Quay) with the swift-water training course and a possible public lido containing a pool in the middle of the dock, which will be used for canoe polo, flat-water kayak training and other related activities”.
A completion date is scheduled for 2020 with a design team projected to be in place this summer.
The city council’s office on Custom House Quay would be re-designed to provide infrastructure for the water-based activities including changing rooms, toilets and staff facilities.
Among the other works itemised in the brief are a pumping station and a canoe conveyor.
The tender states that the successful tenderer would be paid up to €750,000 plus VAT and should have experience in the design and delivery of artificial white-water systems, preferably with the use of a flexible obstacle system.