Official Opening of Pottery Road attended by Cllr Barry Saul and Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor
An Cathaoirleach of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Cllr Barry Saul performed the official opening of the Pottery Road Improvement Scheme on Thursday 12th of May 2016. Mary Mitchell O’Connor Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation also attended the opening.
Atkins was commissioned by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council in 2008 to provide the engineering consultancy services for each of the key design stages including Planning Part VIII and CPO through to handover for the realignment of approximately 1.6km of Pottery Road. Pottery Road provides a strategic road link for the regional and national road network and has been significantly improved for all road users in particular pedestrians and cyclists.
Ursula O’Higgins, Associate Director, and Atkins Project Manager commented ‘Atkins is delighted to be involved with delivering this successful project for Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. From the project outset and at all design stages, Atkins and DLRCC worked closely together to ensure that the Pottery Road Improvement Scheme will be a major asset for the local residents and wider business community’.
Originally Pottery Road was a substandard urban single carriageway bounded by residential and commercial premises with intermittent footpaths, inadequate drainage and poor public lighting. Pottery Road has now been designed to the highest standards incorporating DMURS and the National Cycle Manual.
One of the main challenges on the project was to ensure that the needs of cyclists in terms of road safety, coherence, directness, attractivness and comfort were incorporated into the design. Atkins successfully achieved these criticial criteria, in particular through the introduction of an innovative kerb detail at every entrance along the scheme which has significantly improved the overall quality of service for both cyclists and pedestrians. Pottery Road has subsequently become a flagship scheme for this detail.
From the outset, sustainable drainage was also an important aspect of the design process and this was achieved through the construction of two integrated constructed wetland areas for attenuation purposes at Longmeadow Grove and Clonkeen Park. The wetlands, with their aquatic planting have attracted new wildlife, thereby significantly improving the amenity and habitat value of the area.
Mick Mangan, Senior Engineer, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, stated that ‘The improvement of the road provides an excellent facility to local residents and businesses. The final product provides a great example of how modern road and cycling standards should be designed and implemented and we have achieved this through ongoing collaboration between Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, our design consultants, Atkins and other key stakeholders’.
Official Opening Photo (L-R)
Mick Mangan, Senior Engineer Projects, DLRCC; An Cathaoirleach Cllr Barry Saul; Charles Wills, Wills Bros; Ursula O’Higgins, Associate Director, Atkins; Tony Mortimer, Director, Atkins; Donal Kearney, Wills Bros; Frank Austin Director of Infrastructure and Climate Change, DLRCC