Kilkenny Central Access Scheme Phase 1

The largest bridge that JCL have ever undertaken at 125m long, constructed in an urban location, and within a Special Area of Conservation - awarded the 2016 Civil Engineering Contractors Association Excellence in Civil Engineering Award (€5m - €10m)


Kilkenny Co. Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny


Malone O'Reagan Consulting Engineers



JCL fulfilled the role of Main Contractor and PSCS on this major urban bridge project which was Phase 1 in Kilkenny County Councils plans to alleviate traffic in the city centre and also to open up an abandoned indstrial area of the centre at the town for redevelopment

Key Features

  • 125m long, 5 span, reinforced concrete bridge with piled bases and circular RC piers
  • Each base had 14 No bored and cast in situ, 15m long, 900m diameter concrete piles
  • In river piles, piers and and bases required the installation of two coffer dams and also had to be completed within the Fisheries Season
  • Substantial in situ concrete works to the abutments either side of the river, all of which was clad in local Kikenny Limestone
  • Major precast element in forming new deck - precast crosshead beams at each set of piers and 14 No 25m long beams on each span
  • Major architectural steel and stainless steel walkways on either side of the bridge including viewing platform with approximately 100T steel
  • All services incorporated within the bridge and tied into existing network of services
  • Major roadworks including substantial traffic management to facilitate the new bridge and the realignment of footpaths etc to tie in
  • Winner of the 2016 Excellence in Civil Engineering Award (€5m - €10m) (Civil Engineering Contractors Association)
  • Timelapse video taken during construction
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