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July 2019 - Scheme Update

This is the 2019 July update for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme.

Progress relating to the Flood Defence Walls can be summarised as follows:

• Mill Place Wall (100% Completed)

• The Stretch Wall (100% Completed)

• Watergate Street Wall (95% Completed)

• Graham Norton Walk Wall (100% Completed)

• Glasslinn Road Wall (100% Completed)

• New Road Wall (100% Completed)

• Sean Hale Place (90%)

• Riverview Shopping Centre (100%)

Finishing works to the public realm layout at Sean Hales Place is ongoing.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


June 2019 - Scheme Update

This is the 2019 June update for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme.

Progress relating to the Flood Defence Walls can be summarised as follows:

• Mill Place Wall (100% Completed)

• The Stretch Wall (100% Completed)

• Watergate Street Wall (95% Completed)

• Graham Norton Walk Wall (100% Completed)

• Glasslinn Road Wall (100% Completed)

• New Road Wall (100% Completed)

• Sean Hale Place (85%)

• Riverview Shopping Centre (100%)

Finishing works relating to the public realm layout at Sean Hales Place are ongoing on site. These works will be ongoing into July.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


May 2019 - Scheme Update

This is the 2019 May update for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme.

Progress relating to the Flood Defence Walls can be summarised as follows:

• Mill Place Wall (100% Completed)

• The Stretch Wall (100% Completed)

• Watergate Street Wall (95% Completed)

• Graham Norton Walk Wall (100% Completed)

• Glasslinn Road Wall (100% Completed)

• New Road Wall (100% Completed)

• Sean Hale Place (75%)

• Riverview Shopping Centre (100%)

Finishing works relating to the public realm layout at Sean Hales Place are ongoing on site. These works include permanent planters, lighting, revised kerblines, stone cladding and paving. These works will be ongoing into July.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


April 2019 - Scheme Update

This is the 2019 April update for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme. The works progressing on the scheme are land based only.

Progress relating to the Flood Defence Walls can be summarised as follows:

• Mill Place Wall (100% Completed)

• The Stretch Wall (100% Completed)

• Watergate Street Wall (95% Completed)

• Graham Norton Walk Wall (100% Completed)

• Glasslinn Road Wall (100% Completed)

• New Road Wall (100% Completed)

• Sean Hale Place (65%)

• Riverview Shopping Centre (99%)

Finishing works relating to public realm layout at Sean Hales Place are ongoing on site. These works include permanent planters, lighting, revised kerblines, stone cladding and paving.

The majority of the pipelaying works are substantially completed. The Contractor has recently completed remedial pipelaying works at Glasslinn Road. The pipelaying crews have mobilised to Patrick’s Quay and shall commence at Ballylangley to complete repairs on a short section of pipework at Glasslinn Road.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


March 2019 - Scheme Update

This is the 2019 March update for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme. The works progressing on the scheme are land based only.

Progress relating to the Flood Defence Walls can be summarised as follows:

• Mill Place Wall (100% Completed)

• The Stretch Wall (100% Completed)

• Watergate Street Wall (95% Completed)

• Graham Norton Walk Wall (100% Completed)

• Glasslinn Road Wall (100% Completed)

• New Road Wall (100% Completed)

• Sean Hale Place (60%)

• Riverview Shopping Centre (99%)

The majority of the pipelaying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley, Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Road and McSwiney Quay. Works associated with Brady’s Lane including the pumping station are completed. The pumping station is operational, and commissioning is ongoing. The Contractor is currently relaying a short section of pipework at Glasslinn Road. Traffic Management is in place at this location at present. Once this is completed, the crews will mobilise to Ballylangley and then St. Patricks Place.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


February 2019 - Scheme Update

This is the 2019 February update for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme. The works progressing on the scheme are land based only.

Progress relating to the Flood Defence Walls can be summarised as follows:

• Mill Place Wall (100% Completed)

• The Stretch Wall (100% Completed)

• Watergate Street Wall (95% Completed)

• Graham Norton Walk Wall (100% Completed)

• Glasslinn Road Wall (100% Completed)

• New Road Wall (100% Completed)

• Sean Hale Place (45%)

• Riverview Shopping Centre (99%)

Flood defence embankment works are completed at Ballylangley, Glasslinn Road and Mill River. Fencing works are for the most part complete at this stage.

The majority of the pipelaying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley, Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Road and McSwiney Quay. Works associated with Brady’s Lane including the pumping station are completed. The pumping station is operational and commissioning is ongoing. The Contractor is currently relaying a short section of pipework at Glasslinn Road. Traffic Management is in place at this location at present.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


December 2018/January 2019 Scheme Update

Welcome to the last update for 2018 and the 1st of 2019. Works on the Bandon FRS are significantly complete and will be complete in 2019.

In 2018, significant milestones were reached on the projects including the installation of Bandon Weir fish pass, Mill river fish pass, the opening of the new footbridge and the vast majority of the river dredging was completed, and all flood defence walls were constructed except Sean Hale Place which is ongoing. While it is important to note that full scheme protection will not be in place until the scheme is completed, Bandon is significantly protected against flood events. Graham Norton Walk was also re-opened to the public at the end of 2018 and offers an excellent access to view the completed works.

Small scale works will be ongoing throughout the town in 2019 up to May, when works in the river will recommence. The works will include some final dredging to design bed levels, primarily in the town and will then focus on completing Bandon Bridge, the Bridewell fish pass and completing the fisheries mitigation features from the weir downstream to the N71 roundabout on the Cork Side of Bandon. These works mainly involve the installation of thalwegs, pools and deflectors.

The majority of flood defence walls and embankments are complete. Riverview Shopping Centre is nearing completion while the remaining Flood Defence Wall at Sean Hale Place is progressing steadily. Flood defence embankment works are completed at Ballylangley, Glasslinn Road and Mill River. Fencing works are ongoing.

Works at Bandon Bridge finished up before Christmas until May 2019 when the outstanding works will be completed. The Bridge is now fully underpinned and supported which has allowed the floor of the bridge to be lowered by 2m. Bed level through the northern 3 arches is now 2m lower than pre-works scenario. The final 2 southern arches will be excavated to design level in May 2019. The final floor slab and cladding to the underpinning will also be installed at this time.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


Bandon Flood Early Warning System - Update 19/02/2019

The Bandon FEWS is scheduled to be decommissioned at the end of February 2019. This decision was made based on the advanced stage of the flood relief scheme including dredging of the Bandon River, which has reduced the risk of flooding in the town. This, together with the removal of the river gauge in the town reduced the reliability of the early warning system.

Cork County Council wishes to thank all involved in this one of a kind project which commenced in November 2010, including the public who have registered and embraced the system. In particular the staff of RPS Consulting Engineers who assisted in the development and technical backup, and the Cork County Council Staff who have operated the FEWS on a 24hour / 365days basis over the past 7 years. Cork County Council would also like to acknowledge the technical and financial support it has received from the OPW.

Cork County Council continues to operate the Cork County Alerts system, www.mapalerts.corkcoco.ie/en/. which is a free text message, social media & email alert service, and covers alerts on planning applications, planned road works & road closures, severe weather alerts from Met Eireann and general countywide non-predictive flood information.

River level gauges data for the Bandon River is available at www.waterlevel.ie


Scheme Update (November 2018)

Works focused almost completely on completing the important instream works. Works continued in-stream between 1st October and 19th October in order to complete the Bandon River fish pass and to reinstate the weir. These works were critical to reinstating fish passage upstream of Bandon Weir. Works in the Bandon River between Bandon Bridge and the weir were also progressed to new bed level in order to tie into the fish pass. The proposed fisheries mitigation measures including pools and deflectors remain outstanding and will be finalised in Summer 2019.

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls are now completed. Works are underway for the flood defence walls at Sean Hale Place and Riverview Shopping Centre. Access to Riverview Shopping Centre has not been affected by these works.

The works on the contamination area instream were also complete with the source now capped to prevent further leakage to the watercourse. The excavated material has been sent to a suitable facility for treatment and more material is awaiting further classification, so its disposal can be arranged.

The Bandon Weir Fish Pass was commissioned on the 18th October and is fully operational. Recent minor floods have allowed water to start flowing over the weir and the side wall of the fish pass. This cascade effect was unexpected by many members of the public and has been warmly received.

Bandon Bridge works are progressing steadily. The wall pour to the northern face of pier 3 has been poured this month, while underpinning of the southern abutment has also been completed. All works to Bandon Bridge are due to finish in December.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (October 2018)

Works continued in September with the key activities being wall construction, construction of the fish pass and works to Bandon Bridge.

The majority of the major Flood Defence Walls are completed. New Road Wall is nearing completion. The remaining flood defence walls in terms of the overall scheme are at Sean Hale Place and Riverview Shopping Centre. Works are due to commence in these areas shortly. Works at Sean Hale Place will include significant landscaping works to the public area.

In August a significant quantity of contamination was uncovered in the bed of the River Bandon. This significantly affected progress in September. The contamination is being excavated and stored in quarantine areas onsite pending testing. It is likely that the material will have to be disposed of to a licenced suitable facility.

The Bandon Weir Fish Pass is almost complete and is expected to be completed shortly, provided that works continue during October. OPW are currently considering this option with Wills Bros.

Piers 1 to 3 on Bandon Bridge are fully completed. The southern abutment works are now completed. Mini piling works in the vicinity of pier 4 are due to commence shortly. The rising main diversion at Watergate Street has been completed.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (September 2018)

August saw the progression of works continue with the key activities being wall construction, river dredging, construction of the fish pass and works to Bandon Bridge

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls are completed and as can be seen along Glasslinn Rd. New Road Wall is the final defence wall to be constructed and sheet piling has begun here.

Mill River Culvert has been completed bar some minor finishing works. The retaining wall at the junction has now been completed and resurfacing works have commenced at the junction at Cork Marts.

The Contractor has currently completed the bases for all 6 sections of the Fish Pass. Wall pours remain to be poured for one of the walls. Backfilling works are being progressed also. The installation of the rock mattress is to begin shortly. The Mill River Fish Pass is completed and operational.

Mini piling works are progressing at Bandon Bridge. Walls to piers 1 and 2 are completed. The floor slab has been poured from pier 3 to the northern abutment and it is expected that pier 4 and the southern abutment works will commence next. It is anticipated that works will switch to the south side of the bridge in the following weeks. The rising main diversion at Watergate Street has been completed.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (August 2018)

July saw the progression of works continue with the key activities being embankment construction, wall construction, river dredging, construction of the fish pass and works to Bandon Bridge

Bandon footbridge has been opened since the 25th of May with only minor outstanding works to be completed which will further enhance the bridge. These include the installation bench and Bandon Bridge Coin and are due to be installed over the coming months.

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls are completed and would serve to act as flood defences if a flood event occurred. Finishing works such as stone cladding are progressing at Glasslinn Road Wall.

Flood defence embankment works are also progressing well. Embankments at Ballylangley, Glasslinn Road and Mill River are significantly completed with the exception of the embankment at the riverside of the WWTP. Grass seeding works are to be completed in September due to dry weather.

Mill River Culvert has been completed with the exception of the completion of some minor outstanding works. The retaining wall at the junction has now been completed. The culvert at Moanarone is completed. Resurfacing works are due to commence next month which will require a road closure.

The Contractor has currently completed the walls and bases of 4 out of the 6 Sections forming part of the fish pass. Blinding works are completed at Section 5 and steel fixing is being progressed. Remedial works to the weir have been completed while temporary works are currently in place for the Town Wall at McSwiney Quay.

Mini piling works are progressing at Bandon Bridge. Works are planned at weekends and evenings in order to meet programming constraints. Works are progressing with the permanent diversion of the Watergate Street rising main underneath the river bed with approximately 50% of the crossing being completed.

The majority of pipe laying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Rd and McSwiney Quay. Works associated with the fit out of Brady’s Lane pumping station have commenced. Outfall works including the construction of headwalls are being progressed at Riverview Shopping Centre, Watergate Street and Ballylangley at present.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council wish to express continued thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (July 2018)

The fine weather in June saw the progression of works continue with the key activities being embankment construction, wall construction, river dredging, construction of the fish pass and works to Bandon Bridge

Bandon footbridge opened on the 25th May in time for the festival on the June Bank holiday weekend. There have been many positive comments on the bridge and while there are a number of minor outstanding works to be completed which will further enhance the bridge, it is much welcomed that the bridge is open for use.

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls are completed and would serve to act as flood defences if a flood event occurred. Finishing works such as stone facing and capping are ongoing. The main outstanding work include wall works at New Road near Bandon GAA club and the installation of a glass wall at Mill Place.

Flood defence embankment works are also progressing well. Embankments at Glasslinn Road are generally complete except where access is required and Mill River Embankment behind the Cork Mart treatment plant is also nearing completion. This will be complete in July and all embankments will be grass seeded.

Mill River Culvert has been completed with the exception of the completion of some minor fisheries works within the culvert. Work outstanding include a full road regrading outside the Still Bar and Cork Marts/The Farm Store. This is due to commence this month and will necessitate a road closure. Other bank protection works and river cleaning will commence downstream on the Mill River this month.

The Contractor has currently completed almost half of the fish pass structure. The remaining sections will require that the river is diverted to the north side and these works will commence shortly. In advance of these works, significant temporary works are being undertaken to protect structures including repairs to the weir, and support works to the Old Town Wall and the island tower. This will be a significant activity areas during July.

Mini piling works are progressing at Bandon Bridge. The works are currently behind programme and it is likely that working hours will be extended to recoup the time lost. This may include working weekends and evenings. Alternative working arrangements are also being investigated to ensure that the works progress according to programme.

The majority of pipe laying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Rd and McSwiney Quay. Pipelaying works will be completed at Bridge Street/Lane next month. Works associated with the fit out of Brady’s Lane [pumping station are currently being planned.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council again wish to express their thanks to the businesses and people of Bandon for their patience and continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (June 2018)

Works in Bandon progressed well over the last month with the key activities being land based works, with works advancing for drainage, flood defence walls and the footbridge.

Works on Bandon footbridge works are almost completed. The footbridge was opened to the public on the 25th of May. There are remedial works to the blue grout remaining to be completed. The lighting standard has now been installed. Other architectural features including the installation bench and Bandon Bridge coin are due to be installed over the coming months.

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls are due to be completed by the end of the month. The glass wall and gate are due to be installed later this month at Mill Place Wall (Cluid). Stone cladding works there are ongoing. Works at the Stretch Wall are now 100% completed.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are completed bar minor finishing and instream works and minor remedial works to the SMA surface. Landscaping and planting are planned to commence shortly.

The Contractor has now completed the retaining wall at the junction of the Mill River Culvert. The remaining retaining wall works are due to commence within the Mill River Stream shortly. The embankment works have commenced. The culvert at Moanarone is completed. Resurfacing works are due to commence next month. A road closure has been applied by the Contractor.

Flood defence embankment works are being progressed at Ballylangley and at Glasslinn Road and are almost completed except for the embankment at the riverside of the WWTP. Topsoiling works have commenced at Ballylangley embankment.

The majority of pipelaying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Rd and McSwiney Quay. Pipelaying works will be completed at Bridge Street/Lane next month. Works associated with Brady’s Lane are due to commence shortly.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses and people of Bandon for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (May 2018)

Works in Bandon progressed well over the last month with the key activities being land based works, with works advancing for drainage, flood defence walls and the footbridge. Significant planning for the upcoming in-stream works period is also underway.

The key instream works activities that will re-commence at the start of May include the construction of the fish pass upstream of Bandon Weir, the lowering of the riverbed and Bandon Bridge, Diversion of foul rising mains downstream of Bandon Bridge and the bulk dredging works from the Glasslinn Road roundabout up into town. The fisheries mitigation/rehabilitation works will also be construction and will become more visible in the town towards the end of the summer works period

Works on Bandon footbridge works are almost completed. The lighting standard has now been installed. Other architectural features including the installation bench and Bandon Bridge coin are due to be installed over the coming months The permanent lighting of the bridge is due to be commissioned on 24th May 2018.

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls are due to be completed by the end of the month. The glass wall and gate are due to be installed next month at Mill Place Wall (Cluid) following work associated with the archaeological finds. These have now been fully resolved.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are completed bar minor finishing and instream works and minor remedial works to the SMA surface. Landscaping and planting are planned to commence shortly.

The Contractor has begun to complete sections of retaining wall (in the dry) at the distillery road junction. The remaining retaining wall works are due to commence within Mill River Stream shortly including minor embankment works. The culvert at Moanarone is completed. Resurfacing works are due to commence in the next month or so.

Flood defence embankment works are being progressed at Ballylangley and at Glasslinn Road and are almost completed except for the embankment at the riverside of the WWTP. Topsoiling works have commenced at Ballylangley embankment and will continue throughout April and May.

The majority of pipelaying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Rd and McSwiney Quay. Pipelaying works will be completed at Bridge Street/Lane next month. Works associated with Brady’s Lane are due to commence shortly.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses and people of Bandon for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (April 2018)

Works in Bandon continued in March with the key activity for the month being land based works, with works advancing for drainage, flood defence walls and the footbridge.

Works on Bandon footbridge works are progressing well at present. Finishing works including the limestone and polished concrete surfaces containing luminescent pebbles are currently being completed. A pattern is currently being cut into the finished deck depicting the River Bandon. Other architectural features including the installation of lighting standard, bench and Bandon coin are due to be installed along on the deck shortly The ESB started their rediversion works on 23rd April which involves commissioning the cabling running through the deck and removing the temporary overhead feed.

The majority of the Flood Defence Walls will be completed in the coming weeks. The archaeological finds at Mill Place Wall are currently being resolved on site. It is expected that works will recommence at this location next week.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are almost completed. Minor finishing and instream works and also some remedial works to the road surface are currently being planned.

Culvert installation works are completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery with the exception of the completion of baffles and some fencing/finishing works. The entrance walls have also been rebuilt. Remaining works to be completed include some planting and the installation of baffles. Some minor instream works will be necessary at this location during the instream season. The culvert at Moanarone is completed. Resurfacing works are due to commence within the next fortnight.

Flood defence embankment works are being progressed at Ballylangley and at Glasslinn Road. The Mill River embankment is due to commence shortly.

The majority of the pipelaying works are substantially completed. This includes Ballylangley, Glasslinn Road, Brady’s Lane, Quay Rd and McSwiney Quay. Pipelaying works will be completed at Bridge Street/Lane early in May. Works associated with Brady’s Lane including the pumping station are due to commence shortly. Small sections of pipelines at Glasslinn Road and Ballylangley will require further works and these will be scheduled over the coming months.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses and people of Bandon for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (March 2018)

Works in Bandon continued in February with the key activity for the month being land based works, with works advancing for drainage, flood defence walls and the footbridge.

Works on Bandon footbridge works are progressing well at present. The railings have now been fixed to the deck. The handrail is expected to be fixed to the railing within the next week. Ramps and wall at both the northern and southern abutment are currently being completed. Stone cladding works almost completed at both the northern and southern abutment. Works associated with the installation of permanent lighting are being progressed at present. The polished concrete deck and limestone paving works are due to commence within the next fortnight. ESB are expected to complete their permanent diversion works early next month.

Pipelaying works are almost completed at Ballylangley. Pipelaying works from Bradys Lane to the outfall at Kellehers Topline are completed including reinstatement works. Pipelaying works are due to recommence at Moanarone and Bridge Street shortly.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are almost completed. Permanent fencing works are now completed. The crash barrier has also been installed. Landscape planting is expected to commence later this month. Road resurfacing works are now completed. Road marking works are expected to be completed within the next fortnight.

Culvert installation works are completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery. Reinstatement works to the yard and boundary walls are also completed. The entrance walls have also been rebuilt. Remaining works to be completed include some planting and the installation of baffles. Some minor instream works will be necessary at this location during the instream season.

The culvert and channel works are now completed on Moanarone/Distillery Road. Resurfacing and regrading works are expected to commence later this month.

The construction of new flood defence walls are ongoing at the following locations:

  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed; stone cladding works are almost completed. Reinstatement works are ongoing,
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, reinforced concrete works are completed, stone cladding works are progressing, reinstatement works including the reinstatement of boundary walls have commenced,
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed. Stone cladding works are almost completed, fencing works are completed. Wall improvement works have commenced,
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piles have been installed. Stone cladding works have commenced. Anchorage works are due to commence within the next fortnight.
  • Mill Place – Sheet piling works commenced at this location but are currently on hold due to archaeological finds.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses and people of Bandon for their continued support of the scheme.

Preparation works are currently underway to commence embankment works. Works underway at present includes site clearance works, tree felling, plate bearing tests etc. These works are underway at Ballylangley, Mill River and Glasslinn Road.


Scheme Update (February 2018)

Works in Bandon continued in January with the key activity for the month being land based works, with works advancing for drainage, flood defence walls and the footbridge.

Works on Bandon footbridge works are progressing well at present. Railing installation works are almost completed on top of the deck. Ramps and wall at both the northern and southern abutment are currently under construction. Stone cladding works are also progressing at these areas. The water main diversion over the bridge is now commissioned. The ducting for the ESB diversion works are completed with ESB are expected to commence the permanent switch over shortly. Finishing works including polished concrete on the deck is expected to commence later this month.

Pipelaying works are progressing well at Ballylangley. Pipelaying works from Brady’s Lane to the outfall at Kelleher’s Topline are almost completed, with reinstatement works currently being undertaken. Pipe laying works are due to recommence at Bridge Street this month.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are almost completed. Permanent fencing works are currently being progressed in this area. The crash barrier has also been installed. Landscape planting is expected to commence later this month. Gully connections are currently being completed on the roadway and permanent resurfacing works are anticipated to commence next week.

Culvert installation works are completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery. Reinstatement works to the yard and boundary walls are also completed. The entrance walls have also been rebuilt. Remaining works to be completed include some planting and the installation of baffles. Some minor instream works will be necessary at this location during the instream season.

The culvert and channel works are now completed on Moanarone/Distillery Road. Resurfacing and regrading works are expected to commence later this month.

The construction of new flood defence walls are ongoing at the following locations:

  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed; stone cladding works are almost completed. Reinstatement works are ongoing.
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, reinforced concrete works are completed, stone cladding works are progressing, reinstatement works have commenced,
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed. Stone cladding works are completed, fencing works are completed. Wall improvement works are expected to commence this month.
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piles have been installed. Stone Cladding works have commenced.
  • Mill Place – Following higher than expected levels of rock, works are being redesigned at Cluid House. This is expected to be completed shortly and works will then recommence.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses and people of Bandon for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (January 2018)

Works in Bandon continued during December, with works onsite stopping on the 22nd for the Christmas holidays. The site remained closed until the 8th January. In December the key activity of the month saw the installation of the footbridge deck, while a great deal of focus was put on ensuring that the site is safe and secure and set up to deal with any flood events that might occur over the holidays.

Works on Bandon footbridge have progressed with the steel deck being lifted into place on the 6th December. Since then, a number of service had been diverted through the bridge including the existing watermain, a new watermain and electrical ducting. These works are almost complete, while sourcing of paving and finishes for the deck are ongoing.

Pipelaying works are on-going at Glasslinn Road at present. Site investigative works and pipelaying works are due to recommence at Brady’s Lane and Bridge Street this month.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are almost completed. The remaining works include the installation of fencing, with a small quantity of crash barrier work expected to commence shortly also. The resurfacing works on the road are anticipated to commence some next month. Some resurfacing works were completed within the Birchvale Estate previously.

Culvert installation works are completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery and new drainage channels have been completed in the ground of the Cork Marts also to increase drainage from Distillery Road/Moanarone Road. Surfacing works at this location will commence shortly.

The construction of new flood defence walls are ongoing at the following locations:

  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed; stone cladding works are almost completed. Reinstatement works are ongoing.
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, reinforced concrete works are completed, stone cladding works are progressing, reinstatement works have commenced.
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed. Stone cladding works are completed.
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piles have been installed, stonework in ongoing along with drainage works to the dry side of the piles.
  • Mill Place – Following higher than expected levels of rock, works are being redesigned at Cluid House. This is expected to be completed shortly and works will then recommence.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses and people of Bandon for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (December 2017)

December saw a significant milestone on the Bandon FRS being reach with the placement of the new footbridge. The placement of the steel decks is ahead of schedule and will hopefully result in the new footbridge being operational well ahead of the original summer 2018 deadline.

A newsletter was published in December to showcase the range of works undertaken during the very busy summer season of 2017. The newsletter can be found on the Downlaods page and details the progress and upcoming works for 2018.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses of Bandon and the public for their continued support of the scheme and patience during the recent bridge installation.


Scheme Update (November 2017)

Works in Bandon have continued during October and the start of November. All instream works, including minor unplanned works, have been completed for 2017 and will resume in 2018. Land based works are now the focus for the next 5-6 months, with works advancing for elements such as drainage, flood defence walls, the footbridge and embankments.

A newsletter will be issue shortly to showcase the range of works undertaken during the very busy summer season of 2017.

Bandon footbridge works are progressing with both the northern and southern instream piers complete, as are the abutments on McSwiney Quay and Mill Place. The steel deck and railings are currently being manufactured offsite. The fabrication is completed and the bridge is currently being spray painted. The Contractor is currently trying to programme a suitable window to install the deck at the end of November. The window for installation is narrow and is dependent on a number of critical elements of works being delivered on programme, such as underground service diversions. If installation is not possible in November, the installation will be programmed in the New Year to avoid the busy Christmas period. Works associated with service diversions are ongoing at present.

There are a number of drainage outfalls that are programmed to be advanced shortly. Works are expected to commence at Brady’s Lane and Glasslinn Rd in early 2018.

A temporary fish pass at Mill River has been installed to ensure adequate fish passage is available following the dredging works. Works associated with the permanent fish pass are expected to recommence in May 2018. IFI have been consulted on all matters concerning these works.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road stream culvert are almost completed. The remaining works include the installation of fencing and crash barriers, are expected to be completed this year. Resurfacing works are to commence in the new year.

Culvert installation works are completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery. Reinstatement works are advancing.

The Contractor is currently installing a culverts at Moanarone/Distillery Road outside Cork Marts. It is expected that the roadwork element will be completed shortly and surfacing works in the areas will commence in the New Year.

The construction of a new flood defence wall are ongoing at the following locations:

  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed; stone cladding works are almost completed.
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, reinforced concrete works are completed, stone cladding works are progressing, reinstatement works have commenced.
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed. Stone cladding works are almost complete.
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piling have been installed.
  • Mill Place Wall - The Contractor have commenced with the installation of sheet piles around the Cluid Building.

The Contractor is planning to commence with the construction of flood defence embankments shortly, and is currently sourcing suitable materials.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby and the Office of Public Works are working closely with Cork County Council to ensure that disruption will be minimised in December, including the Christmas period. A full review of site operations is currently underway to ensure that all flood, environmental and traffic management issues are addressed and minimised.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to express their continue gratitude to the businesses of Bandon and the public for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (October 2017)

Works in Bandon have continued in October with the focus on land based works. The main instream works have now been completed for 2017 and will resume in May 2018. There are minor previously unplanned instream works currently been executed which are necessary to ensure environment and flood protection concerns are addressed. These works are minor and are being executed when river levels are favourable. Land based works are advancing for elements such as drainage works, flood defence walls, the footbridge and embankments and will be the focus of works over the coming winter.

Bandon footbridge works are progressing very well, with the preparation of bridge piers and columns almost fully complete. The deck is currently being manufactured offsite and it is planned to complete service diversion of ESB and watermains in advance of the deck arriving onsite. The works are ahead of schedule and it is hoped to have an operation footbridge in place well in advance of the current September 2018 deadline.

There are a number of drainage outfalls that are programmed to be advanced shortly. Works are expected to commence shortly at Brady’s Lane and Glasslinn Rd over the next few weeks. ESB are currently diverting cables on Brady’s Lane and drainage works will commence on Glasslinn Road thereafter. Outfall pipework and headwall completion works are progressing at Ballylangley Road near Mill River.

Further works at the Mill River Fish Pass on the Mill River/Bandon River are required to ensure adequate fish passage is available following the dredging works. Lt is intended to install a temporary measures as soon as river water level recede following the recent storms. IFI have been consults on all matter concerning these works.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are almost completed, with reinstatement works underway, including top soiling. Works on the Kilbrittain Road that complement the channel works will begin shortly and will entail the installation of drainage lines and a resurfacing of the section of road from Birch Vale estate southwards to the Bypass Junction with Kilbrittain Road.

Culvert installation works are completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery. Reinstatement works are advancing. The Contractor is in the process of completing some bank stabilisation works at the junction.

The Contractor is currently installation new drainage channels at Moanarone/Cork Marts opposite The Still Bar. These work will be ongoing over the next month and road users are advised to choose and alternative route if possible as traffic queuing is likely.

The construction of a new flood defence wall are ongoing at the following locations:

  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed; stone cladding works are well advanced.
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, reinforced concrete works are completed, stone cladding works are progressing, reinstatement works have commenced.
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed. Stone cladding works are advancing.
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piling works are substantially completed.
  • Mill Place Wall - Works are due to commence shortly to relocated major ESB cables. Piling works will begin shortly thereafter.

The Contractor is planning to commence with the construction of flood defence embankments shortly to surround the Wastewater treatment plant and along the N71 Cork road at Ballylangley opposite Billy’s Drive Thru.

Traffic management plans in place currently include plans at Mill Place Car Park, Moanarone, Kilbrittain Road and the N71 between Bando and Innishannon. Upcoming traffic management systems are expected to be mobilised at Glasslinn Rd/Brady's Lane and Distillery Road (Pipelaying). There is potential that some shorty traffic management arrangements will be required at McSwiney Quay.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby and the Office of Public Works are working closely with Cork County Council to ensure that disruption will be minimised in December, including the Christmas period. A fully review of site operations is currently underway to ensure that all flood, environmental and traffic management issues are addressed and minimised.

Wills Bros, ByrneLooby, the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council would like to again reiterated thanks to the businesses of Bandon and the public for their continued support of the scheme.


Scheme Update (September 2017)
Works in Bandon are progressing well over the past month. The main objective at present is to complete as much instream works as possible considering that the May to September window is drawing to a close shortly. Works are advancing at a number of locations as described below.

Dredging works will be completed from O'Driscolls Bridge as far as the roundabout at Glasslinn Road by the end of September. Works including bed stabilisation including provision for the passage of fish month are being undertaken by the Contractor to protect the existing river bed and comply with ecological requirement. Rip-rap works including morphological fisheries restoration works including the construction of fish pools, gravel shoal, deflectors, thalwegs are also being installed, and it is intended that these works will be complete prior to the end of the instream season.

At Bandon Bridge, the archaeological investigative works are complete, and the next stage is removal of the features. The piers and underside of Bandon Bridge have been grouted over the past few weeks as part of the underpinning works. The grouting works were completed at night in order to minimise the impact of the works on traffic as a lane closure was necessary.

Bandon footbridge works are progressing. Both the northern and southern instream piers are now completed. Works are ongoing at the northern and southern abutments and are expected to be completed shortly. The steel deck is currently being manufactured and it is hoped that the new footbridge can be delivered ahead of schedule.

Archaeological investigative works are now complete at Bandon River Fish Pass which is located immediately upstream of the weir. Works associated with the Fish Pass itself are anticipated to recommence in May 2018.

There are a number of drainage outfalls that are being advanced at present. These works include the construction of headwall outfalls at Ballylangley and at Glasslinn Road. These drainage works will provide drainage to Glasslinn Road for the coming winter.

Works at progressing at the Mill River Fish Pass which is located at Ballylangley/Glasslinn Rd. Reinforced concrete works are progressing and the Contractor is expecting to install the proprietary unit by the end of September.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are now substantially completed. A new retaining wall is currently being installed in the stream fronting Birchvale Estate. There is currently traffic management in place at this location as a lane closure is required for excavation works and placement of precast units.

Culvert installation works are almost completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery. Reinstatement works have commenced.

The construction of new flood defence walls are ongoing at the following locations:

  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed; stone cladding works are advancing.
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, reinforced concrete works are substantially completed, stone cladding works are progressing, reinstatement works have commenced.
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed. Stone cladding works are due to commence shortly.
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piling ongoing


Scheme Update (August 2017)

Works in Bandon have been ongoing over the past month, with activity taking place in a number of areas as described below. The majority of the works are currently taking place within the river to avail of the instream season which is between the months of May and September, with particular focus now being aimed at maximising work in the window available and planning an orderly demobilisation for the river.

Dredging works are currently continuing between the Waste Water Treatment Plant and the roundabout at Glasslinn Road. The majority of the of rip-rap (rock armour) along the dredged bank face of the excavation, to protect the newly formed river bank is now completed between O’Driscolls Bridge and the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Fisheries and morphological river restoration works including the construction of fish pools, gravel shoal, deflectors, thalwegs are also being constructed, and it is intended that these work will be complete prior to the end of the instream season. Currently the pools and deflectors can be seen as water levels remain low.

Archaeological investigative works are currently being executed at Bandon Bridge and a presentation on the findings was made at the recent Bandon Walled Town Festival on 24th August in the Town Hall.

The piles for the new footbridge have been installed in the river, and one of the piers has been poured and the formworks struck. It is intended to have the second pier in place before the end of the season. The abutments at Mill Place and McSwiney Quay are being prepared for reinforced concrete works.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are now substantially completed. The area within the GAA complex has now been fully reinstated including the crossing at Birch Vale/Clancool. The next phase of work in this area fronting Birch Vale estate on the N71 is expected to commence shortly. There will be traffic management in place on the N71 and detail on same can be found in the downloads section.

Culvert installation works are almost completed at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery. Reinstatement works have commenced.

Wall works are ongoing at various locations including:
  • Graham Norton Walk – Sheet piling works are completed, stone cladding works have commenced.
  • The Stretch – Sheet piling works are completed, concrete wall work ongoing.
  • Watergate Street – Sheet piling work are completed.
  • Glasslinn Road Wall – Sheet piling ongoing.

We wish to remind all that scheme information clinic will continue to be held at the Bandon FRS Site Offices (Connolly Street) on the last Tuesday of every month between 6pm to 7.30pm. The clinics are open to any member of the public. In addition, a newsletter has been disseminated by the Contractor in the past week.

Scheme Update (July 2017)

Works in Bandon have been progressing over the past month, with activity taking place in a number of areas as described below.

Dredging works are continuing between O’Driscoll’s Bridge and the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Currently the works comprise of the placement of rip-rap (rock armour) along the dredged bank face of the excavation, to protect the newly formed river bank. These works have been completed in full on the south side of the river, from O’Driscoll’s Bridge to the Waste Water Treatment plant, and works are on-going on the north side of the river.

The Contractor is planning to commence other morphological and fishery river restoration works downstream in the vicinity of O’Driscoll’s bridge shortly. These work will include the installation of pools and gravel shoals to provide fish habitats.

Rock-breaking works and bulk dredging works have continued downstream of Bandon Weir as far as Bandon Bridge, and attention turned to installed the piles for the footbridge foundations in the past weeks. The in-river piles are now complete and works on the bridge abutments at Mill Place and McSwiney Quay will commence shortly.

Underpinning works are now underway at Bandon Bridge with both structural and archaeological specialists monitoring the operation. The remains of a structure have been identified immediately upstream of the bridge and are currently being archeologically excavated to determine the extent and nature of the feature. The feature is located on the line of the old town wall, and maybe infact be a part of the old structure.

Works associated with the construction of the Kilbrittain Road Stream Culvert are advancing. The majority of the precast box culverts are now installed, including the road crossing into Birchvale/Clancool. The headwall will be completed shortly resulting in the first fully functioning element of the flood relief being complete that will protect properties. This represents a significant milestone for the project.
Culvert installation works are also underway at Mill River within the grounds of the old distillery and again the works on the road are vastly complete. It is hoped to take the opportunity to improve the site distance at the junction of Ballylangley Road and Old Quay Road when reinstating the boundary walls.

Wall works are underway with approximate 375m of sheet pile walls driven at Graham Norton Walk. Works will begin shortly to clad the piles with the recycled stone from walls that have been demolished in the area.

The complete works are programme to continue until the autumn of 2018 subject to adequate progress being made during the critical instream working periods.

As part of our Communications Strategy, scheme information clinic will now typically be held at the Bandon FRS Site Offices (Connolly Street) on the last Tuesday of every month between 6pm to 7.30pm. Individuals with queries relating to the Scheme are welcome to attend. No appointments are necessary and attendees will be seen on a first come first served basis. Both the Contractor and OPW will have representative present.

Scheme Update (June 2017)

Works in Bandon have been progressing over the past month, with activity taking place in area number of areas as described below.

During May the Contractor has completed excavation of rock (c.4,400, tonnes) between the weir and the footbridge on the south side of the river. This will continue between the footbridge and Bandon Bridge in the coming month.

In addition another crew have been working from downstream to upstream from O’Driscoll’s Bridge along the north bank carrying out the river dredge. Over 40,000 tonnes of river gravels have been removed which have mostly been re-used to create haul roads and for backfill of excavations where possible. Ecological experts are in place to monitor the works and liaison with IFI is ongoing.

Works on the Kilbrittain Stream Culvert commenced at Bandon GAA grounds and much of the culvert has been placed in May. During June, works will continue on sealing the culvert and backfilling and reinstating the majority of the hardstanding area. A road closure is being sought for July to cross the access to Birchvale from the N71.

In June, working activity in the town centre will increase with both the pedestrian footbridge, Bandon Bridge underpinning works and the fishpass works commencing.

The footbridge will be closed on June 12th to allow its demolition and works to construct the new footbridge will commence immediately thereafter with the piling works for the piers and abutments. Pedestrian diversions via Bandon Bridge will be in place until the footbridge is completed in summer 2018. Traffic management will also be in place on McSwiney Quay from 12-14th June (shuttle system), with a closure from 19th to 23rd June inclusive.
The underpinning of Bandon Bridge will also commence, which involves reducing the foundations of the bridge to below the new river bed level. This significant piece of work will take the entire summer works period to complete, and when complete, will allow the dredging to continue upstream into the town centre next year. Archaeologists will be seen excavating around the piers to resolve and record all archaeology.
The fish pass works will commence with modifications being made to the weir in the vicinity of the Old Town Wall and will be carefully archaeologically recorded and resolved. To enable these works to commence, water levels upstream of the weir will be dropped and the areas dried out in a similar fashion to that seen at Bandon Bridge. Excavation works will then commence in-river for the fish pass structure. Again, the fishpass works are expected to be ongoing for the entire summer works period.

As noted, Bandon Footbridge will be closed on the 12th June until summer 2018. Traffic Management Plans for the works affecting the town are available from the downloads page. The Office of Public Works, Cork County Council, ByrneLooby and Wills Bros Ltd. acknowledge the inconvenience of the traffic and pedestrian management measures and would like to thank everyone for their continued support for the scheme.

Scheme Update (May 2017)
Works in Bandon are progressing well, with the in-season river works commencing on the 2nd May as planned following the Bank Holiday weekend. This is a significant achievement and credit is due to all involved, including the people and representatives of Bandon, on meeting this significant milestone. Activity over the coming months will be obvious as much of the critical works are in the town centre. The works have been carefully planned to ensure that traffic disruption is minimised. All businesses in Bandon will remain open for business and access to all businesses will be available at all times. Dredging works will commence at the downstream end of the scheme, and will progress in an upstream direction. Crews will be seen within the river over the entire summer period. Instream works have also commenced at Bandon Bridge, which is the key element of works to be completed this summer works season. The Contractor and his specialist archaeologist and underpinning specialist will work hand-in-hand to execute the detailed technical works required. Works have also begun at Bandon Weir to construct the fishpass. Initially, an access point for heavy equipment is being constructed to McSwiney Quay into the Bandon River. The Office of Public Works, Cork County Council, ByrneLooby and Wills Bros Ltd. would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Scheme Update (March 2017)
The majority of the pipe laying works are completed at Ballylangley and Glasslinn Road at this stage, including temporary road reinstatement works. Pipe laying works have been completed from the pumping station at Brady’s Lane as far as its junction with Glasslinn Road. The reinstatement works have been completed and the road is fully open to traffic. Pipe laying works are now completed at Riverview Shopping Centre and the road surface has been fully reinstated. All traffic management has been fully removed at this stage. Duct laying works have now been completed near McSwiney Quay Footbridge, which are necessary for ESB diversion works. Temporary overhead cables have been placed over the River Bandon at this location to facilitate the removal and construction of the new footbridge and dredging works. Tree felling works are completed on Kilbrittain Road, Watergate Street and Moanarone/Mill River, in advance of channel works and wall construction. Further site investigation works have been undertaken at the Moanarone/Mill River. The Office of Public Works, Cork County Council, ByrneLooby and Wills Bros Ltd. would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Scheme Update (February 2017)
The bulk of the pipe laying works are nearly completed at Ballylangley. The Contractor is currently connecting gullies adjacent to the Waste Water Treatment Plant and has commenced a further section of pipe laying at the eastern edge of the town. Pipe laying works are almost completed at Glasslinn Rd and a large section of works have now been temporarily reinstated, resulting in the extent of Traffic Management on the N71 being reduced. Brady’s Lane remains closed at present with pipe laying works ongoing, from the proposed pumping station area within Brady’s Lane Carpark to Glasslinn Road. It is expected that these works will be completed in February. All businesses remain open for trade during this period. Pipe laying works are set to commence at Riverview Shopping Centre shortly following recent site investigation works. Access to the Shopping Centre, including Lidl, will be maintained at all times. Traffic Management Plans for the Riverview are available in the ‘Downloads’ area on this website. The ESB are due to complete diversion works at McSwiney Quay shortly. Access will be maintained for all businesses and residents in the area. Sean Hale Place is now fenced off and site clearance works, including archaeological surveys, are ongoing. These work will continue for the foreseeable future. Tree Felling works are currently ongoing opposite Birch Vale Estate on Kilbrittain Road, Sean Hale Place, Watergate Street and Glasslinn Road, in advance of channel works and wall construction. The Contractor is currently consulting with the authorities in relation to the next phase of drainage works at Bridge Lane, Glasslinn Road (town side) and Moanarone as well as in the planning of the footbridge and Bandon Bridge works planned for May. The Community Liaison and Traffic Management Officer is in the process of calling to all affected residents and businesses. The Office of Public Works, Cork County Council, ByrneLooby and Wills Bros Ltd. would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

Scheme Update (January 2017)
Works recommenced on 9th January following the Christmas and New Years break. The main works that have progressed since the last update (December 2016) are described below. Drainage works have recommenced at Ballylangley and Glasslinn Road. This includes pipelaying works at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. A new section of pipeline is currently being installed on the N71 verge between the Mill River crossing and the roundabout. The Contractor is currently preparing plans and due to complete some investigative works associated with Brady's Lane including outfall works within the next few weeks. It is expected that temporary road closure of Brady Lane will be required for part of the works. Access will be maintained for all businesses and properties during the works. In addition the Contractor is due to commence works at Riverview Shopping Centre-Lidl within the next fortnight. This element of works includes laying a pipeline from O’Mahony Avenue/Weir Street towards the River Bandon. Access will be maintained for all businesses and properties during the works. The ESB have also commenced works on McSwiney Quay in preparation for works associated with the proposed new footbridge. A traffic and pedestrian management plan has been implemented which will allow McSwiney Quay to remain open. Access to businesses and properties on McSwiney Quay will be maintained at all time including access to the Riverview Shopping Centre and Lidl. Other elements currently being planned by the contractor at present include works at Sean Hale Place, earthen embankment works and outfall works. The latest Newsletter is now available on this website in the ‘Downloads’ area The Office of Public Works, Cork County Council, ByrneLooby and Wills Bros Ltd. would like to thank everyone for their continued support so far and look forward to working with you in 2017.

Scheme Update (December 2016)
Works are continuing in and around Bandon Town. The main works that have progressed since the last update (October2016) are described below. Drainage works at Ballylangley and Glasslinn Road. Ground has also been cleared and prepared for the construction of the earthen embankments that will provide flood protection at Ballylangley and Glasslinn Road. Foul sewer diversions have been completed or are nearing completion at McSwiney Quay and Mill Place. This advance planning will allow the Contractor to undertake the construction of the footbridge as soon as the river works period begins in 2017. Major ESB diversion works in the Ballylangley area are also now complete. The works between now and Christmas will focus on getting the town centre area free of works and to minimise the level of traffic disruption on Glasslinn Road. It is not intended to commence and new construction works in the Town Centre area between the start of December and January. The planned works over the next two months are described below. The ESB will mobilise to McSwiney Quay and Mill Place in January to divert underground ESB cables to allow the Construction of the new footbridge. The Contractor will begin drainage works on Brady’s Lane and in the Lidl Carpark and foul sewer diversion works on Kilbrittain Road (N71). Access will be maintained to all businesses and properties during the works, and detailed traffic and pedestrian management plans will be put in place. Plans will be uploaded to the ‘Downloads’ area on this website. The Office of Public Works, Cork County Council, ByrneLooby and Wills Bros Ltd. would like to thank everyone for the great support received to-date for the project and wish everyone a very happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

Scheme Update (October 2016)
Following the award of the contract in June 2016, the Contractor has made steady progress planning his works and scheduling activities. The majority of the relevant permissions and licenses have been obtained and these have allowed works to commence. Works will be ongoing in the areas below and details of traffic management and/or diversions can be found on the Downloads page. • Flood Embankment at Ballylangley. • Flood Embankment at Wastewater Treatment Plant. • Foul Sewer at Mill Place. In additional the ESB will be undertaking work in co-ordination with the Contractor at the following areas. • ESB Diversions at Mill Place. • ESB Diversion at Wastewater Treatment Plant Site. Dredging of the Bandon River has also commenced at O’Driscoll’s Bridge and will continue upstream. Dredging will be suspended from October and will recommence in May 2017 in accordance with the contract.

Scheme Update (June 2016)
The Office of Public Works have entered into a contract with Wills Bros Limited to construct the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme on the 10th June 2016. Wills Bros was formed in 1972 and has undertaken a large number of civil engineering projects throughout Ireland with all projects being supervised by its team of long serving staff. Most recently, Wills Bros have completed the Ennis Flood Relief Scheme in Ennis Co. Clare – another OPW funded flood scheme. Wills Bros will now begin planning the execution of the works which have been designed by OPW. The planning period is expected to take approximately 7 weeks after which onsite works will begin. OPW will be represented on site by a Resident Engineering site staff who will liaise with the public and Wills Bros on all matters. The Resident Engineering staff and Wills will be meeting all affected landowners in the coming weeks to discuss the works. Wills Bros will have a full-time community liaison officer on hand to address any concerns raised by the public. Relevant contact details are available on the Contacts Page.

Scheme Update (May 2015)
The Scheme is currently at Stage 3: Detailed Design, Tender & Procurement. The proposed scheme comprises the construction of new walls and embankments, the excavation of the channel for a distance of 3km, replacement of the existing footbridge, underpinning of Bandon Bridge, provision of fish passage along with works to the drainage system and the provision of new a pump station. Site investigations and archaeological investigations were completed in Autumn 2013. The detailed design of the scheme is now being completed. Appropriate Assessments and the EIS are being updated for the current designs including additions to the Scheme. The OPW has made financial provision for the Bandon flood relied scheme in its multi-annual capital expenditure profiles from 2014-2017. It is expected that progress will be made as currently programmed, subject to the continued availability of funding in that period. A two stage procurement process is being followed, in line with the Governments Public Procurement guidelines. The first stage will involve short-listing a number of suitable contractors. In the second stage, the shortlisted contractors will be requested to submit a tender for the scheme. The first stage is now complete with the second stage to commence in the coming weeks. Construction is now expected to commence in Q4 2015.The date for completion of the scheme is still envisaged to be and the end of 2017 following two full summers of work in the channel.

Scheme Update (July 2012)
The Public Exhibition Phase of the OPW Bandon River (Bandon) Drainage Scheme took place during June-July 2012. The exhibition was open to the public at Bandon Town Hall & Bandon Library for 1 month from Monday 11th June to Friday 6th July 2012. The OPW wished to consider all viewpoints in relation to the Preferred Option being exhibited, therefore comments were sought in relation to this project with the closing date of Friday July 20th 2012. A number of submissions were received, assessed and considered. A Public Exhibition Report was prepared by the consultants taking account of all observations made. Response letters to these observations were issued by the OPW in mid-January 2013.

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