Millennium Park & Steel Footbridge, Galway

Millenium BridgeName:   Millennium Park & Steel Footbridge, Galway
Client:  Galway County Council  
Consultants:  Tobin Consultant Engineers
Location:  Adjacent to Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland, Galway City
Project Value:  €1.4 million
Completion Date:  Nov 2002

Project Description:

The project comprised of the development of a childrens’ park approximately 3,000m2 incorporating three separate play areas.  The three play areas involved were a skateboard area, small and large kids play area. The park was bounded on two sides by canals and is adjacent to Galway Cathedral and National University of Ireland, Galway. A large volume of contaminated material was found on the site, which had to be removed.

Steel Footbridge

The project also included the construction of a single span 35m long steel arch bridge over the Cathedral river.  Two concrete abutments (350m3 concrete per abutment) were constructed 2-3m below river bed level which involved complex temporary works. The abutments were constructed below the existing canal level. The abutment were first sheet piled and the abutments constructed. The bridge was lifted into place in a single lift with the hand railing, etc. all ready installed.

Additional Works

Extensive limestone kerbing and granite paving was carried out in addition to limestone and granite copings, siteworks, drainage, public lighting, landscaping and park furniture. The site also involved the installation of non-slip surfacing, soil mounds, etc.

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