South Dublin County Council have appointed Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd to lead the design of the landmark Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme.
The project, expected to cost a total of €7 million, aims to address past extensive flooding, costing life and causing damage to resources and businesses along the River Poddle and to protect property.
Funded by the Office of Public Works, the project is also an adaptation action by South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council in response to future threats posed by climate change.
When completed, this scheme will provide protection to in excess of 800 properties along the Poddle River in the South Dublin County and Dublin City Council areas.
Work is now progressing on both the preliminary design stage and with environmental studies. A Part 10 planning application will be submitted to An Bord Pleanala following a public consultation process.
The OPW, South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council are working together on this project with construction work expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020.
Cllr Pamela Kearns Chair of the Environment Public Realm and Climate Change Strategic Policy Committee of South Dublin County Council said:
‘This is a welcome development as the work on the Poddle Flood Alleviation Scheme is hugely important to the residents in the area.”
Cllr Paddy McCarten, Chair of the South East Area in Dublin City Council said:
“DCC and OPW have put in place extensive flood alleviation measures on the Dodder and I welcome their further cooperation on the Poddle. This will give significant protection to homeowners in the city and county for decades to come.”