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Mott MacDonald Ireland

Project: Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme

Description: The scheme includes three pump stations, 550m of town centre flood walling and 785m of harbour frontage walling. It is characterised by an upstream, pastoral, remote controlled, 19.5hA storage area to control flood flow. This avoided 1.5km of flood defences up to 4m high and the canalisation of 1 km of natural river bank. The innovative use of this upstream storage is a key indicator of the value of considered engineering design. As well as saving on hard engineering solutions in an historic town, it led to a significant reduction in the embedded carbon footprint of the project.

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