Construction of the new pier at Doolin is advancing well with installation of the PCC pier units progressing for Main Contractor L&M Keating. The facing units are being fabricated off site by specialist Banagher Contractor before coming to site where they are concreted together on a specially constructed casting platform. Installation of the units is being carried out using a 160t crawler crane.
Work is also progressing on the drilling & blasting of the limestone bed rock to facilitate its removal by dredging to ensure deep water berthage for vessels as well as a clear channel to deeper water further out in the bay. Once complete, access to the new pier will be available during all tidal cycles, thus providing for more flexible ferry operations.
The 65m long pier will be protected to the exposed western side by a revetment, construction of which is also underway using material won from the dredging process. Primary protection will be provided by 10t concrete units, or xbloc©, which will form the final facing for the revetment. Approximately 50 of these units have already been delivered to site.
PUNCH are acting as Employers Representative on the D&B project as well as providing Site Supervisory personnel.
Work on the project is expected to be completed in April 2015.
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