This section of The Dodder Greenway runs from the existing riverside tow path at Herbert Park to The Donnybrook Road at Anglesea Bridge. It runs between The Dodder and Bective Rugby and Tennis Club, Energia Donnybrook Stadium and Old Wesley Rugby Club. It is part of the significant flood control works being undertaken on The Dodder. The original riverbank was an inaccessible area of the sports ground.
The Dodder Greenway Project - Herbert Park to Donnybrook Road, is part of the Dublin City Council (DCC) core active travel network. It is funded by the National Transport Authority (NTA). It will provide high quality walking and cycling facilities along the banks of the River Dodder for a distance of 460m. It is a primary route in the NTA Greater Dublin Area Cycle Network.
With a complex group of interested parties ranging from the Sports facility owners, future users, The OPW with responsibility for the Flood Works and Dublin City Council who carried out extensive Public Consultation. Arup and Clonmel Enterprises had a lot of interest in the progress of their work.
There were engineering considerations in the provision of a foundation wall to the Kilmainham 358 Fence to the Sports Complex Boundary which required specialist work. And on the Dodder Bank there were several engineering solutions to be used to raise the height and improve the river flow, including a cantilevered structure.
Overcoming the Challenges
To be frank this project benefited from the long experience we had of working with Clonmel Enterprises and Arup both of whom we have worked with frequently since the 1970’s.
Eoin Ennis our Contracts Manager worked closely with Milo Balfe of Clonmel and David Kilmartin of Arup.
The installation programme was designed to allow the existing site users to continue their day-to-day operations and to tie in with the other subcontractors and programme of the Main Contractor.
The solutions to all issues were found on site because of the strong collaboration of all parties on this job.
Apart from the 460-metre run of Kilmainham 358 Prison Mesh and the 260 metres of Killarney Estate Railing There were several Gates including a flat bar infilled double leaf at the Angelsea Bridge area, The Contract also called for the realignment of existing Tennis courts and play areas within the sports grounds, for which we provided and installed Chainlink Mesh, Rolltopped Weldmesh and Gates.
The Kilmainham 358 Mesh is 2.700 metres high; the posts were erected first before a concrete support wall plinth was poured. The bottom of the mesh is fixed to the top of the plinth by angles bolted down. The Kilmainham Fence offers very high security together with a very good level of visibility.
The Killarney Estate Railing to the river side is 1000mm high the panels are factory made in two metre bays with the design including a centre post at 1000mm centres. The panels are bolted together on site all the posts are concreted in; this system allows the installation to follow ground contours.
The Double Leaf gates at the Angelsea Bridge are 1000 metre High with a 75mmx12mm infilll set at 45 degrees from the vertical.
The Products are finished Hot Dipped Galvanised By Galco Steel and Powder Coated by Sprint Coatings providing our Plasgalv® finish.
The Kilmainham 358 Prison Mesh is coated RAL 6005 Moss Green our most popular Green.
The Killarney Estate Railing and the Custom designed gate are in RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey.
The Project is due to be officially opened in early February and even prior to that has attracted considerable interest from the cycling and local community. It will create an important link in The Ringsend to Bohernabreena Dodder Greenway project, in the immediate area it removes cyclists from a number of narrow roadways in the Donnybrook residential area. The final finished project with its extensive landscaping and planting by Redlough Landscapes will be be an important addition to The Urban Environment.