R614 Ballyhooly Road Upgrade Project Update

We are nearing the completion of our R614 Ballyhooly Road Upgrade project in Ballyvolane, Cork City. When complete, this 12-month project will facilitate the construction of 753 new homes on the Longview Estates site which will be a major boost to the area.

We would like to acknowledge the hard work and collaboration on the project by the Sorensen project team, MHL Consulting Engineers design team, the Long View Estates Ltd team and our Client, Housing Infrastructure Services Company (HISCo).

N73 Annakisha Project Update

As illustrated by the recent drone photos, the Sorensen Project Team are progressing very well on the N73 Annakisha Road Improvement Scheme.

The structures team are progressing the underpasses, river bridges and culverts. Despite the poor weather recently, our earthworks team is on programme and drainage works are also progressing well.

We would like to acknowledge the hard work and collaboration on the project between the Sorensen project team, RPS design team, our Client, Cork County Council and the funding authority Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

World Water Day – Churchfield Reservoir Roof Replacement

In recognition of #WorldWaterDay, we’re sharing footage from our Churchfield Reservoir Roof Replacement project which we recently completed on behalf of our client Uisce Éireann Irish Water.

This reservoir upgrade project consisted of the challenging task of removing and replacing 4,200m² of reinforced concrete roof structure over the 40 mega-litre reservoir. Our trusted supply chain partner, #BannagherPrecastConcrete successfully delivered the replacement precast elements to allow our site team to diligently reconstruct the roof structure.

Despite the obvious challenges, the reservoir remained fully operational, ensuring a continuous supply of drinking water to Cork City.


Giving back to the Community: Sorensen Visit to Glanmire Community College

Giving back to the Community: As part of our community liaison work on our Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme in Glanmire, members of our site team, accompanied by Ken Leahy of Arup, provided a presentation on the design, construction and ecology aspects of the project to the 2nd year students at Glanmire Community College.

Sorensen’s ecologist, Sorcha Dale spoke about the ecological elements on the project, our liaison officer, Elaine Cronin gave the students an insight into the importance of collaboration with the community and stake holders, and Ken Leahy gave a fascinating account of the design process on this complex flood relief project.

We received a warm welcome from the students and teachers during our visit and would like to thank the school for their hospitality and all the students for taking part. A special mention goes to Josh, Damien, Justin, Lucie, Clodagh, Lauren and Jack. Thank you to the school principal, Ronan McCarthy.

Works are progressing well on the flood relief scheme, which we are delivering on behalf of our client Cork City Council – Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí.

Celtic Interconnector Newsletter – February 2024

Sorensen, in collaboration with Nexans & EirGrid Group has been working extremely hard to deliver the Celtic Interconnector, which, when delivered, will create an electrical interconnection between Ireland and France to allow the exchange of electricity between the two countries.

Sorensen are installing the ducting, cabling, junction boxes, tunnel works and all associated civil works from the submarine interface at Youghal beach to the final termination point at Knockraha Substation in Carrigtwohill. The cable route is 43km in length, and works are programmed to run until May 2026.

Sorensen wishes to sincerely thank the local communities of East Cork for their patience and cooperation during the works.

The latest Celtic Interconnector Community Newsletter is now available to read.


Project Flashback 📷 – Youghal Eco Boardwalk

Project Flashback 📷

Youghal Eco Boardwalk was looking fantastic at high tide and low tide over the weekend.

We delivered this project on behalf of our client, Cork County Council, in 2021. The project comprised the construction of a new ‘Eco Boardwalk’ on the seaward side of the Ballyvergan Dunes from Claycastle to Redbarn, Youghal, Co. Cork. The boardwalk was opened at a time when COVID was at its most prominent, and the people of Youghal were delighted to avail of such a spectacular outdoor amenity at the time.


Lighthouse Construction Site Visit – Glashaboy

Our Glashaboy team took part in a Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity #MakeItVisible talk on site yesterday morning.
The talk highlighted the importance of both mental & physical health.
Addressing mental health in the construction industry is vital for the overall health, safety, and wellbeing of our site teams.
A big thanks from all at Sorensen to Dale & Justin for a very enjoyable morning.

The Make It Visible website is a valuable resource dedicated to everyone in our industry, aimed at enhancing the welfare and wellbeing of our workforce.
Discover more: www.lighthouseclub.org

Sorensen Team Promotions

We are pleased to announce the following promotions to Director within Sorensen Civil Engineering Limited; Brian Snow (Operations Director), Luke Treacy (Operations Director), Paraic McCarthy (Operations Director) and Michael O’Leary (Commercial Director). These promotions are an acknowledgement of this groups’ hard work and dedication to the company in recent years. We are confident that, under the guidance of this experienced group of Directors, the company is in excellent hands for the future.

We congratulate them sincerely on their career milestones & wish them the very best in their new roles.


Student Intern Spotlight: Aidan Curry

We’d like to extend a warm welcome to our newest Student Intern, Aidan Curry, who is a third-year Civil Engineering student from University of Limerick.

Aidan will join our Celtic Interconnector project team for his 8-month work placement.

We wish him all the best on his work placement and look forward to seeing him thrive within our dynamic project team.

Student Intern Spotlight: Evan Donovan

Evan Donovan is a 3rd year civil engineering student at Technological University of the Shannon. He is currently 6 months into his 14-month work placement. He is part of our site team on the N73 Annakisha Road improvement project.

We’d like to acknowledge Evan’s hard work and commitment to date on the project and look forward to monitoring his progress through to becoming a qualified civil engineer in the near future.

‘STEPS to Engineering’ Visit to Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School

As part of our commitment to the Engineers Ireland ‘STEPS to Engineering’ programme, Sorensen Contracts Manager, Paraic McCarthy gave a presentation to the 4th class students at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School, Limerick City.
We received a warm welcome from the students and teachers during our visit, where we covered topics such as road construction, interesting Civil Engineering projects, and the civil engineering industry in general.
We would like to thank the school for their hospitality and all the pupils for taking part. Hopefully we have inspired some of the pupils to choose Civil Engineering as a career!

Opening of N72 Ballymaquirk Junction Upgrade Scheme

Cllr. Bernard Moynihan officially opened the Ballymaquirk Junction Upgrade Scheme on Friday, 17th November.

The project was a safety initiative by Cork County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland that consisted of replacing the existing four-cross-roads on the N72/R579 Ballymaquirk Junction, with a new on-line roundabout. There were also realignment works on all the existing approach roads as well as drainage, utilities, fencing, traffic management and associated ancillary works. We’re delighted to see that the new roundabout is providing a much safer passage through this busy road junction for the people of Banteer and the wider north Cork area.

We’d like to thank our dedicated and experienced Sorensen site team that worked extremely hard, in collaboration with the Cork County Council RDO site team, to deliver this project ahead of programme through very challenging site conditions.

World Quality Week 2023

Sorensen is happy to be celebrating the CQI | The Chartered Quality Institute‘s World Quality Week 2023.

Our Integrated Management System is certified by NSAI to ISO9001, ISO14001, and ISO45001 standards.

We would also like to welcome our new Quality Manager, Eoin Dunne, to the Sorensen team. Eoin brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in construction QAQC management to our senior management team.


Construction Safety Month 2023

Rounding off Construction Safety Month with a recap of the Toolbox Talks conducted on-site last week. These discussions emphasized critical risks to uphold the highest safety standards across all our sites.

The topics covered were:
🏗️ Working at Height
🏗️ Safe Use of Mobile Equipment
🏗️ Safe Access & Egress
🏗️ Safe Lifting & Loading Practices
🏗️ Safety by Example

While Safety Month comes to an end, commitment to the safety and welfare of our team remains our top priority.

#CIFSafety23 #Sorensen

Glanmire Flash Flooding

Our Contracts Manager Brian Snow spoke with Neil Prendeville about the flash flooding in Glanmire last week. As the Cois Na Gleann culvert under the main Glanmire road reached its capacity and began to flood the road, our experienced site team in collaboration with Cork City Council – Comhairle Cathrach Chorcaí began to dam off the road and divert the flood waters, saving numerous local homes and businesses from millions of euros of property damage. We’d like to acknowledge all the good wishes that we’ve received from the local community who were extremely grateful for the efforts put in during the floods by the Sorensen team. Most importantly, a big thank you to our site team for their quick thinking and hard work!

World Mental Health Day

As part of Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Safety Month & World Mental Health Day, our Celtic Interconnector team took part in a Lighthouse Charity #MakeItVisible talk on site this morning. The talk highlighted the importance of both mental & physical health. Addressing mental health in the construction industry is vital for the overall health, safety, and wellbeing of our site teams.

#CIFSafetyMonth #CIF #WorldMentalHealthDay

Engineers Ireland Parchment Presentation

We were delighted to welcome Damien Owens, Director General of Engineers Ireland, to our Cork office this week to present us with our award parchment for the prestigious CPD Accredited Employer Standard in recognition of our continuing professional development (CPD) strategy for all our employees.

Thank you to our HSEQ and Engineering teams who implemented the CPD systems, allowing Sorensen to achieve this coveted award.

N73 Annakisha Road Improvement Scheme Project Announcement

Sorensen is delighted to have been awarded the N73 Annakisha Road Improvement Scheme, which we will deliver on behalf of our client, Cork County Council, with funding provided by Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

This 18-month contract entails realignment of a section of the N73 between Cooldurragha and Powerstown (approximately 7km east of Mallow), realignment of five local road junctions, two combined pedestrian/cycle tracks, construction of two new bridge structures, two underpass structures, two culverts, earthworks, fencing, drainage, landscaping, and environmental mitigation works.

As illustrated in the photos, our experienced site team has wasted no time getting started on site.

Find out more about the project here: https://lnkd.in/eb_sshMp