The N73 Clogher Cross to Waterdyke project was successfully completed last Wednesday, March 15th and the N73 road between Mallow and Mitchelstown reopened to traffic.
We’d like to say thank you to our dedicated and experienced site team, who worked hard to deliver this project 4 months ahead of the planned completion date. We are very grateful to the local community for their cooperation and patience during the works. Thank you to our client Cork County Council along with the team Transport Infrastructure Ireland Ireland for their support and collaboration throughout the project.
The project involved replacing an existing pontoon and gangway system with a new piled system providing greater capacity for berthing and passengers. The piling works were completed with the support of our partners at Quinn Piling and Ocean Crest Marine. The pontoon system was recently supplied and installed by Inland and Coastal Marina Systems Ltd and it looks very well.
Well done to our marine team for delivering another high quality job for our client DAFM!
Our Contracts Manager, Brian Snow, was delighted to make a presentation to our Project Manager, JP Lynch & General Foreman, Seamus Scanlon, to mark their 5-year anniversary with Sorensen Civil Engineering. Seamus and JP have brought a wealth of experience to the Sorensen team in road building and infrastructural projects. We’d like to thank them both for their hard work & dedication to the company over the past five years, it is very much appreciated. We wish them well in their next five years with Team Sorensen!
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Giving back to the Community: As part of our Community Liaison work on our N73 Clogher to Waterdyke Road Realignment Scheme, Sorensen MD, John Wallace recently gave a presentation to the students at Shanballymore National School.
We received a warm welcome from the students and teachers during our visit where we covered topics such as road construction plant, project progress, interesting Sorensen 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. We look forward to re-opening the N73 road on St Patrick’s weekend so the teachers and pupils can see first hand the great job that Team Sorensen is doing near their school!
We have reached one of our first major milestones on the Mungret LIHAF project on the outskirts of Limerick City with the commencement of pavement works. Works are progressing well given the challenging weather conditions encountered in late 2022 and early 2023. Congratulations to the Sorensen site team, who have worked diligently to achieve this milestone. The project is currently scheduled for completion at the end of 2023.
We are delighted to end the year with some good news. We have been chosen to form part of the delivery team for the Celtic Interconnector project by our new client, Nexans. Nexans is the main contractor tasked with delivering the Celtic Interconnector cable project for their client, CIDAC, which is a joint venture between EirGrid Group or Ireland and Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTÉ), of France.
Developed by EirGrid and RTÉ, the Celtic Interconnector is a 700-megawatt high-voltage submarine power cable, running 575 kilometres from East Cork to the northwest coast of Brittany. It is the first two-way interconnector between Ireland and mainland Europe, and it will supply enough electricity to power 450,000 homes.
Sorensen is tasked with 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 from January 2023 to May 2026.
This interconnector project will bring huge benefits to the local economy of East Cork and the wider Munster region. We look forward to commencing site works in January 2023. #economy
Sorensen recently completed the footpath & resurfacing works in Glanmire Village over the past few weeks. This was the culmination of a number of months of hard work by our site team in a very congested area.
We would like to thank all residents, businesses and road users for their patience and understanding during these works over the past number of months which has now resulted in a significant decrease in traffic delays through the village. Works are continuing on the Dunkettle Road, and it is anticipated that all major works on the project will be completed in early Spring 2023.
Sorensen’s marine team welcomed 6th year students from Scoil Phobail Bhéara in Casteltownbere, to our Dinish Wharf project for a site visit this morning. The site team explained the various construction methodologies that were used to deliver each element of this large infrastructural project. The feedback from the students was very positive, and they showed a lot of interest in the Civil & Marine Engineering industry, which is very encouraging.
This project is located adjacent to Scoil Phobail Bhéara, so the students and the staff had a great view of the progress over the past year or so. We’d like to thank the staff & students for taking the time to visit us on site today, and we wish the students the best of luck in their future studies.
Works are well under way in our Smooth Point Pier Extension project in Killybegs. We have already installed 35 of the 120 land-based piles which extend to 20m in depth. We are currently in the process of installing our temporary works platform to facilitate construction of the marine based piles for the new Combi-wall. Sorensen’s new dredging plant will mobilise in early November to commence dredging operations which include the removal of 10,000m3 of rock. Well done to the site team for co-ordinating and progressing the works safely in what is a restricted works area.
Sorensen reached a major milestone today on our N24 Beary’s Cross project, where we laid our first section of road pavement on the new roundabout. The site team has recently implemented a major traffic management installation which has allowed them to achieve this milestone ahead of programme.
We wish to thank the general public and the N24 road-users for their patience and for slowing down whilst driving through our site. Well done to the site team for reaching this milestone and thank you for all your hard work in achieving it.
As our CIF Construction Week campaign comes to a successful end, we’d like to acknowledge the positive and collaborative work carried out across all our sites by the Sorensen teams. Our Thumbs Up campaign was rolled out in tandem with this year’s CIF Safety Week and it was a great success.
Here are photos of our HSEQ Manager, Ronan Walsh visiting our Waterford IDA Infrastructure Upgrade project and of our Project H&S Advisor, John Boyle on our Smooth Point Pier Extension project in Donegal.
Thank you to all in Sorensen and including our subcontractors and clients who supported us and took part in various safety campaigns over the month of October.
Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Hildegarde Naughton officially opened the N70 Brackahargh Road Project on Thursday 27th October. Sorensen Contracts Manager, Brian Snow was in attendance on a wild and blustery day on the Ring of Kerry!
As part our CIF Construction Week safety themes and our Thumbs Up campaign this month, our HSEQ Manager Ronan Walsh visited our Glanmire RIS project in Cork this week.
Our Safety by Example and ZeroRisk messages were well received by all site personnel and the clients team. Well done to all the site personnel on the Glanmire RIS project that have taken part and cooperated with our safety initiatives during Construction Safety Week. #ZeroRisk#CIFSafetyweek22#Sorensen#safetyculture
Continuing our CIF Construction Week safety themes and our Thumbs Up campaign this month, our HSEQ Manager Ronan Walsh visited our N24 Beary’s Cross project in Limerick this week.
Ronan is delivering a Safety by Example and ZeroRisk message to all site personnel. Ronan received excellent feedback from our experienced site team on the project. Well done to all the site personnel on the N24 project that have taken part and cooperated with our safety initiatives during Construction Safety Week. #ZeroRisk#CIFSafetyweek22#Sorensen#safetyculture
It has been a very busy few weeks on the Safety front at Sorensen with our site teams getting to grips with the six themes of Construction Safety Week 2022 which has been rolled out throughout the month of October.
The Themes are:
? Lighthouse Club’s Help Inside a Hart Hat Campaign
? Safe Access & Egress
? Safe Working at Height
? Safe Control of Hazardous Energies
? Safety by Example
? Safe Use of Mobile Equipment
To coincide with Construction Safety Week, a Sorensen ‘Thumbs Up’ campaign is being rolled out across all our projects. Giving the plant operator a thumbs up takes no effort but can have life-saving consequences for those on site. This campaign forms part of our ‘Zero Risk’ Policy, which is a behavioural safety concept designed to change the mindset of all personnel on site to ensure that “everyone goes home safely”.
The Sorensen site teams must be commended for their positive and collaborative approach to the Construction Safety Week across all our projects. Keep up the good work!
Sorensen has recently commenced works on the Dingle FHC East Basin Passenger Pontoon on behalf of our client, the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine.
The project involves replacing an existing pontoon and gangway system with a new piled system providing greater capacity for berthing and passengers. The piling works have commenced this week with the support of our partners at Quinn Piling and Ocean Crest Marine.
Dingle FHC is an active fisheries, leisure and tourism harbour, and we look forward to delivering this important project for the area.
Sorensen MD John Wallace was delighted to make a presentation to Kieran O’Brien to mark his 20 years of service with Sorensen. Kieran is an experienced foreman with Sorensen and is a valued member of our management team. We’d like to thank him sincerely for his hard work, dedication and loyalty to the company over the last 20 years. There has been considerable change during Kieran’s 20 years with the company, not to mention some ups and downs associated with the Celtic Tiger era and the global recession. We hope that Kieran’s next 20 years are as eventful and fulfilling as his last 20 years working with Sorensen.
Sorensen would like to welcome our Student Intern, Fintan Glynn, a 3rd-year Civil Engineering student from Technological University of the Shannon.
Fintan is joining the engineering team for his 9-month placement.
We wish him all the best during his internship.
Sorensen would like to wish our Student Intern, Dylan Finn-Hannon, the best of luck as he returns to UCC to complete the final year of his Masters in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.
Dylan has worked with Sorensen throughout his studies at UCC and has been a great asset to the team. We’d like to thank Dylan for his hard work and diligence during his 9-month work placement. We look forward to welcoming Dylan back into the Sorensen team next year on a more permanent basis.
With the improved weather in July, the Sorensen site team has made significant progress in Glanmire Village over the past number of weeks. We are making excellent headway on the new retaining walls, road surfacing works, shared footpaths, installation of services, new storm sewer, road gullies, kerbing, and footpath construction. Traffic management controls will remain in place in Glanmire Village until the reopening of the schools later this month. Sorensen wish to sincerely thank the residents & businesses of Glanmire for their patience during these vital works.
Sorensen is delighted to have been awarded the N73 Clogher to Waterdyke Road Realignment Scheme, which we will deliver on behalf of our client, Cork County Council in conjunction with Transport Infrastructure Ireland. The scheme consists of both online carriageway widening and offline carriageway construction, as well as new cycle track construction. This project is a Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Cork County Council safety initiative which will be broadly welcomed by all of the Stakeholders. The Sorensen site team has commenced the earthworks and is currently making the best of the good weather conditions.
Sorensen has recently successfully completed emergency scour protection works to the linkspans at Warrenpoint Harbour. These works were carried out between the ferry sailings to allow the Harbour to continue operating as normal. Good collaboration between the divers, the site team and the concrete batching plant ensured the works were completed safely, on time and with no impact on the Harbour activities. Well done to our Warren Point project team.
Sorensen is delighted to have been awarded the N24 Beary’s Cross Road Improvement Scheme recently, which we will deliver on behalf of our client, Limerick City and County Council. The project is a safety initiative, and it involves an upgrade to the existing junction on the N24 Limerick to Waterford National Road with the Regional Road R513 to Caherconlish/Mitchelstown. We look forward to delivering this important project for the Limerick Region.
Sorensen is delighted to have been awarded the Smooth Point Pier Extension project at Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre, which we will deliver on behalf of our client, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
The project will see the completion of a new 120-metre-long quay development at Smooth Point, aiming to alleviate congestion during the peak fishing season. The works will also include dredging in excess of 10,000 cubic metres of rock from the bed of the harbour.
We look forward to delivering this challenging and prestigious project which will be of great benefit to the Killybegs area.
Sorensen is delighted to have been recently awarded the Mungret LIHAF Stage 2 project which is being delivered on behalf of our client Limerick City and County Council. The project involves the construction of two new link roads with associated infrastructure works. On completion the new link roads will facilitate future housing development and a new school. Works on site have just commenced and the project is programmed to run until late 2023. We look forward to delivering this important project for the Limerick Region.
Works on the new quay deck are now fully complete and will soon be handed over to our client for their operational use, which will be welcomed given the heavy volume of activity in this busy port. All concrete works have now been completed on the western breakwater with the eastern breakwater concrete works to follow-on after completion of the rock armour. Ancillary works such as drainage, fencing and ducting are currently ongoing. This challenging project is really starting to take shape now that we move closer to completion!
Works are ongoing in Glanmire with significant progress being made recently with the improved weather. Works at East Cliff Road are completed and the road was reopened following the installation of services, surfacing works and a new public lighting system was installed.
Along the Dunkettle Road the 450mm drainage pipes were installed, a section of the boundary wall was constructed and the remaining site clearance works have now been completed. In the coming weeks a new foul sewer, storm sewer and watermain will be installed along the Dunkettle Road and further sections of the boundary wall be constructed.
Within Glanmire Village a new boundary wall has been constructed to the business park whilst installation of numerous services has been completed in the past number of weeks. Over the coming weeks there will be significant changes, the new section of widened road will be kerbed and surfaced, traffic will be diverted over to the new section of road to allow further works to commence along the R639. Over the coming weeks there will be significant traffic management controls implemented on the R639 between Church Hill & Glanmire Bridge. it is advised that motorists should use alternative routes if possible. The team wish to thank the local residents and business for the cooperation during the works to date.
After a busy few months for our site team on the N70 Brackaharagh Road Project in Kerry, we are ready for the installation of wearing course in late June. The works will be completed just in time for the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle on Saturday 2nd July, a remarkable achievement by the team to achieve this milestone on a challenging project and in such a short space of time. Road markings, signage, road restraint and snagging will follow in July prior to handover to Kerry County Council soon after. Well done to our team once again!
Sorensen have taken delivery of 4 Volvo EC250EL Excavators which will be deployed to our new roads projects in Cork and Limerick. These will prove to be a great addition to our ever-growing plant fleet.
Giving back to the Community: As part of our Community Liaison work on our Glanmire Road Improvement Scheme, Sorensen MD, John Wallace recently gave a presentation to the TY students at Coláiste An Phiarsaigh. The feedback from the students was very positive and they showed a lot of interest in the Civil Engineering industry which is very encouraging. The project is partially located on school grounds, so the students have a birds eye view of the construction activity during the project. We would like to thank the school staff for their patience and cooperation with the Sorensen site team throughout the works to date.
We are now approaching the completion of the Dinish Wharf project in Castletownbere. The quay deck which includes 42 Nr precast beams, 105 Nr precast slabs and almost 1,000m3 of in-situ concrete is now fully complete along with the piling works on the outline of the breakwaters. The key outstanding works include the completion of the dredging, rock armour around the breakwaters and final reinstatement of the reclamation area at the rear of the site. The project will be completed in late summer, 2022.
Excellent progress by the Sorensen site team in recent weeks.
Sorensen has recently completed the installation of new Cruise Liner Pontoons at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The project consists of new floating pontoon units, mooring guides and access to the pontoons.
The site works commenced in March with site clearance and demolition of existing concrete structures. The off-site fabrication of the pontoons started in January, and these were delivered to site in April. The pontoons were successfully assembled and installed in advance of Cruise Linear arrivals over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
We have recently achieved a major milestone on our N70 project by diverting traffic onto the newly constructed eastbound lane. Significant progress on earthworks, paving, drainage, utility diversions and soil nailing works to date allowed us to achieve this milestone ahead of programme. Works are now underway on the westbound lane and progressing well, the project remains ahead of programme and is due for completion in late summer 2022.
Works are progressing well on the Waterford IDA Infrastructure Upgrade Works project and are now passed the halfway point on our programme. To date 12 roads have been completed and handed back to our client, IDA Ireland.
The Sorensen site team and the O’Connor Sutton Cronin supervision team are continuing their excellent relationship with the businesses in the IDA Industrial Estate. The efforts made by all the businesses to co-operate and accommodate the works is greatly appreciated.
Well done to the Sorensen site team on a great job so far.
Works are progressing well on the Glanmire Road Improvement Scheme project with a significant portion of the off-line works well underway. Construction of the new stone faced retaining wall at the back of Coláiste an Phiarsaigh is nearing completion and installation of ducting and drainage will commence in this area in the coming weeks.
East Cliff is currently closed to facilitate the construction of new footpaths, public lighting system and the installation of a new storm sewer. It is envisaged that this road closure will be in place for the next 4 weeks to allow for the safe completion of the works.
Significant works are also ongoing along the L2998/Dunkettle Road, several activities are presently being carried out including site clearance works, construction of reinforced concrete retaining walls, construction of block & stone walls etc. In the coming days installation of a new surface water drainage system will commence along with the installation of other services.
Sorensen was delighted to attend the interview stage of the Irish Construction Excellence Awards at The Convention Centre Dublin (The CCD) last Wednesday. Thank you to the organisers and judges for allowing us the opportunity to present our projects.
Our Marina Park Phase 1 project has been nominated under the Excellence in Civil Engineering category, and our Youghal Eco Boardwalk project has been nominated in the Leisure and Tourism category.
The Sorensen Dinish Wharf team was delighted to give a series of presentations to the TY, and final year students in Scoil Phobail Bhéara, Casteltownbere in recent weeks. We received a warm welcome from the students and teachers during our visits where we covered topics such as the neighbouring Dinish Wharf Development that Sorensen is delivering for the Department of Agriculture Food & Marine, careers in Civil Engineering and reviewed some interesting Sorensen past projects. We’d like to thank the school for their hospitality and we look forward to meeting with the students later in the year when we hope to arrange a site visit for them to view the completed Dinish Wharf project.
We have great pleasure in announcing that Cork City Council has appointed Sorensen Civil Engineering as Main Contractor to deliver the Glanmire Road Improvements and Sustainable Transport Works. The project entails delivering 3no. sections of the wider scheme, namely; Section P1 (Church Hill Junction), Section P3 (Improvements to Glanmire Bridge/Village) and Section P9 (L2999 Dunkettle Road). Our team will be mobilising to site in the coming days and are looking forward to meeting the local community and neighbouring businesses in advance of commencing the works.
The project works include the following:
Section P1 (Church Hill Junction) involves the provision of a new right turn lane from the R639. To accommodate this layout, the boundary wall of Cólaiste an Phiarsaigh will be set back. The benefits associated with the proposal include a more efficient junction which will provide higher levels of service for all users. Pedestrians will be provided with wider footways with a new footway on Church Hill. The bus stops will be relocated to provide for more direct connectivity with Cólaiste an Phiarsaigh and bus laybys will be provided so the efficiency of traffic movement on the Glanmire Road is improved. A pedestrian crossing will support much safer road conditions.
Section P3 (Improvements to Glanmire Bridge/Village) involves upgrading the existing road network on the R639, Glanmire Bridge and Glanmire Village. The aim of the project is to reduce speeds within Glanmire Village to provide a safer road network for all road users; this will be achieved through the incorporation of a raised carriageway surface. The project will integrate with other proposals included within the project such as improvements to R639/Church Hill Junction, the Proposed Greenway, Proposed Pedestrian Bridge and L2999 Dunkettle Road Upgrades.
Section P9 (L2999 Dunkettle Road) involves the upgrade of the L2999 Dunkettle Road. From Glanmire Village to the proposed Ballinglanna development a 3m shared use footway/cycleway, a 6.5m carriageway and a 2m footway is proposed. From the Ballinglanna Development towards Dunkettle a wider cross section consisting of a 2m footway either side of the carriageway, a 3m segregated cycle track, a 6.5m carriageway and 1m verge either side of the carriageway will be provided. Pedestrian/cyclist crossings will be provided at various locations to improve safety for all road users.
Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd is proud to have been nominated in 2 categories in the Irish Construction Excellence awards. Our Marina Park Phase 1 project has been nominated under the Excellence in Civil Engineering category and our Youghal Eco Boardwalk project has been nominated in the Leisure and Tourism category. These nominations are the result of a lot of hard work, innovation, and diligence by our project teams in collaboration with our respective clients and design teams on both projects. Well done to all involved in delivering these prestigious projects.
The N70 Brackaharagh Road Project is located on the Ring of Kerry between Caherdaniel and Castlecove and involves the realignment of 1.2km of the existing road and new cycletrack/footway. The ground conditions vary from a shear face of rock ranging in height from 2m – 10m to peat of up to 4m in depth. Work only commenced in November and already you can see the outline of the new road alignment! The bulk earthworks have been completed on the eastbound lane with drainage and utilities now well underway. The project is due for completion in November 2022.
Our Dinish Wharf Project in Castletownbere is now in full swing! The piling of the eastern breakwater is nearing completion with the last sheet pile arc now well underway. The western breakwater embankment and finished slab within the cell are now complete. Dredging of the rock in both the berth pocket and navigation channel has recently commenced from the floating plant and the installation of precast beams for the quay extension to facilitate precast deck slabs is ongoing. Credit goes to our experienced site team for maintaining the highest standards in safety and quality on this challenging project.
Sorensen has recently commenced works for the Carlingford Lough Ferry company at Greencastle, Co. Down and Greenore, Co. Louth. The project consists of modifications to the piling, walkway and fendering at the ferry terminal structures. The works have commenced with the removal and replacement of the fendering units with the project due to be completed prior to ferry sailings re-starting on St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Sorensen’s marine team are approaching completion of the works for the Harbour Authority at Warrenpoint, Co. Down. Diving operations for plate repairs and anodes to the existing dolphin structures at Berth 7 were completed over a number of months. The drilling and grouting of the voids at the repair locations was subsequently undertaken in January. Timber piling works and concrete repairs have also been completed at Berth 6 with the area handed back to the Harbour.
Our project in the Waterford IDA Industrial estate continues to progress at a steady rate. To date nine roads have been surfaced and we are 30% complete. Our experienced site crews are expertly negotiating a wide variety of underground utilities within the estate and must be commended for operating so diligently and conscientiously. Sorensen are liaising with the local businesses community, and our collaborative relationship continues. Well done to our Waterford site team and keep up the good work!
We have successfully completed the installation of the new sheet piled western cell as part of the western breakwater. In early 2022, we will extend the land to the cell to form the completed western breakwater. Operations on the quay extension are also ongoing with the placement of precast beams. Dredging of the soft material in the berth pocket and navigation channel continues to progress and in January we will transfer the 170T excavator onto the barge to commence rock breaking in the berth pocket. Well done to all involved to date.
We have recently commenced a road project in the townland of Brackahargh, Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry for our client Kerry County Council. The project includes the upgrade and widening of a 1.2km section of the N70 National Secondary Road and construction of a new cycle way. The project has many challenges including the removal of a 9m high shear rock face and the excavation and replacement of peat to depths of 4m below existing ground level. Works on site have progressed very well since mobilising in early November and the site team are doing an excellent job in challenging weather conditions. They are shutting down tomorrow for a well-earned break for Christmas.
Works are progressing well in our Waterford Infrastructure Upgrade Project for our client, IDA Ireland. The programme of works is 25% complete with seven roads surfaced to date.
The Sorensen site team has developed an excellent relationship with the businesses in the IDA Business Park. All businesses have been very co-operative with our team, which in turn greatly helps the project achieve the required end result. Well done to all involved.
Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd are delighted to be part of the award winning project delivery team on the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project, which has been awarded the prestigious title of ‘Engineering Endeavour of 2021’ by Engineers Ireland, having been chosen by their members and the public as the top engineering project of 2021 following an online vote.
We are proud to have collaborated with our Joint Venture Partner Farrans, Irish Water and Nicholas O’Dwyer Ltd in the delivery of this Main Drainage scheme which now prevents the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage being discharged untreated each day from Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Passage West, Monkstown and Cobh Town into Cork Harbour.
Following the recent completion of the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage project, Farrans Sorensen Joint Venture invited students of St Mary’s National School in Cobh to enter our art competition with the theme ‘A cleaner harbour – What it means to me’.
Congratulations to Honor Cronin, who’s painting was selected as the winning entry. Honor’s drawing will now be displayed on the Old Town Hall control building in Cobh Town Centre.
Sorensen would like to extend a warm welcome to our new HSQE Manager, Ronan Walsh. Ronan joined the Sorensen team this month and he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in construction health and safety. We look forward to introducing Ronan to the wider project teams and our client teams in the coming weeks.
Sorensen has successfully completed construction of a reinforced concrete slipway for Waterway’s Ireland at Burges Park, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The project involved the construction of 41m long x 6m wide slipway, founded on 19no. PCC piles with surrounding rock armour acting as scour protection. All works were safely completed within a three-sided cofferdam constructed by Sorensen. The location of the works required the implementation of significant environmental controls including silt curtains, silt fencing, settlement tanks, silt boxes, silt bags and turbidity & pH monitoring to ensure that the works did not have any negative impact on the River Shannon and the surrounding environment. The construction of the new slipway will allow Emergency Services access to the River Shannon in the event of an emergency south of Athlone rather than having to go to Shannonbridge which is 26km away or having to pass through the Athlone Lock which has restricted operating hours.
Our IDA Waterford Infrastructure Upgrade Works Project has commenced in the Waterford IDA Industrial Estate. The Sorensen site team has established an excellent working relationship with the adjacent businesses within this busy Industrial Estate. Surfacing work has been safely completed on one of the roads to date and our extensive traffic management arrangements are operating successfully throughout the estate. The project is due for completion late 2022.
Fantastic progress has been made by our site team in Dinish Island in recent weeks. The piling works on cell 3, which forms part of the eastern breakwater, is nearing completion. The cell is 17.3m in diameter and requires 108 flat piles to be installed to form its circumference. The RC bank seat of the extension for the quay deck has also been completed with works on the steel piles ready to commence in preparation for the delivery of precast units. Foyle and Marine Dredging continue to carry out dredging works in the basin and will move into the navigation channel and berth pocket in the coming weeks.
Sorensen has recently commenced works for the Harbour Authority at Warrenpoint, outside Newry in Co. Down. The project consists of remedial works to two berths within the harbour. Works began with an extensive dive survey for the existing dolphins followed by plate repairs to the existing sheet piles.
Drone footage showing recent progress on the IDA Site Access Infrastructure Project outside Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. The carriageway and site works are substantially complete with landscaping, entrance works and the shared path finished in recent weeks. Excellent work by our Roads Team.
Sorensen has recently completed the works at Killybegs Fishery Harbour, Co. Donegal. The project involved the installation of new timber and steel fender piles along with repairs to the concrete deck. The project was completed safely and on time on behalf of our client the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.
The Dinish Wharf Completion Works project in Castletownbere kicked off in August. The scope includes the extension of the quay wall, construction of breakwater cells, dredging of the navigation channel and berth pocket along with all associated ancillary works.
Earlier this week our Sumitomo 160 tonne crawler crane was getting ready for its maiden voyage on the Wilcarry Barge! Huge planning and preparation has been put in by our site team to allow works to commence on the breakwater cells later this month, the majority of which will be constructed from the barge. In the background works are ongoing with the quay wall extension as well as Foyle & Marine’s EX1200-6 Grizzly progressing well with dredging operations. Great progress is being made by the Sorensen Team!
Taoiseach Michael Martin officially opened the Cobh Dockyard Pumpstation on Monday 06th September. The opening of the Cork Dockyard Pumping Station marks the end of the raw sewage discharge from Cobh Town into the Lower Harbour. This important milestone means that the overall project is now treating 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage daily before its safe discharge into the sea and 20,000 homes are now connected to the new scheme.
The Cobh Network Contract has expanded the sewage network in Cobh Town by building 7km of sewer pipes and 5 new foul pumping stations, so that wastewater is now pumped to Cork Dockyard Pumping Station.
Sorensen are very proud of our site team for achieving this significant milestone, along with our partners Farrans and our wider supply chain.
Recent drone footage illustrating progress on our Marina Park – Phase 1 Project. From the latest aerial shots, you can see the landscaping is progressing steadily and the park is starting to mature nicely. Sorensen hope to complete the project later this month and we look forward to officially opening the park to the public in Autumn 2021 on behalf of our client Cork City Council.
Sorensen are delighted to announce that we have signed the contract with the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine for the Dinish Wharf Completion Works project. Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue TD, presided at the signing for the final phase of the quay development project on Dinish Island, Castletownbere.
Works are due to commence on site shortly, the project will double the workable quay space on Dinish Island and will deliver approximately 2.2 acres of highly usable reclaimed quay storage area, two new major breakwaters at the entrance to the harbour, dredging of the navigation channel and the syncrolift making the boatyard more accessible for larger vessels. An inner basin is also being created which will provide an ideal future development area for a small craft harbour to the benefit of small fishing vessels and leisure craft.
Sorensen are delighted to have been recently awarded the Half Moon Lane Upgrade Scheme by Cork City Council. The objective of the works is to upgrade the South Douglas Road and Half Moon Lane junction, allowing safe passage for pedestrians and road users to access the Tramore Valley Park at the bottom of the Half Moon Lane. These works include the upgrading of footpaths and carriageway, installing new traffic lights to create a signalised junction and ancillary road works. This new entrance to Tramore Valley Park will be a great asset to the local community when complete.
Sorensen’s site team are making great progress on our slipway project on Dinish Island, Castletownbere, Co Cork. A Spud Leg Barge has been mobilized in recent days to complete the works in conjunction with Marine Specialist Ltd. We are on target to hand over the new slipway to the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine in September 2021.
Sorensen are nearing completion of the Cobh Main Drainage project following completion of the main pipelaying works. To date over 7km’s of pipelines, including gravity sewers & pumped rising mains, have been installed in varying ground conditions and ranging in size from 225mm to 1050mm and at depths of up to 6. In excess of 100no. manholes & concrete chambers have been constructed, over 3km’s of electrical ducting was installed to improve the electrical supply, 5no. pumpstations were constructed at various locations throughout Cobh and 5no. marine outfalls were installed. Over the next few months Sorensen shall commence commissioning the new pipelines & pumpstations. We will be intercepting the raw sewage entering the harbour and in turn providing a safe & clean harbour for the people of Cobh & Cork. Well done to the Sorensen site team for delivering an excellent job for our client Irish Water.
Sorensen has successfully completed the Youghal Eco Boardwalk project which forms part of the longest seafront boardwalk in Ireland. The boardwalk was officially opened by Minister Heather Humphreys and Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley. Well done to the Sorensen project team for safely delivering this high-profile project on time and on budget.
On behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd are working on a New Slipway located on Dinish Island, Castletownbere, Co Cork. The works entail a cast in-situ reinforced concrete deck supported by precast concrete beams, placed on driven circular steel piles. The piled slipway structure is encased by precast concrete facing panels. The works are progressing well with the completion of the pilling works last week and the commencement of the installation of the precast panels this week.
Construction of our marine outfalls has been successfully completed on our Cobh Main Drainage Project for Irish Water. Our recent drone footage captured the piling operations and our bespoke mudmat being installed on site. This marine operation posed a lot of challenges that were managed competently by our site team, so well done to all involved.
Sorensen have commenced works on the IDA Site Access Infrastructure Project at Coolmore Cross, Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. The works involve the widening of the existing R613 carriageway, construction of a new footpath and cycle lane along with a new entrance, access road and viewing platform. The works are being carried out on a very busy commuter route with temporary traffic management being implemented during off-peak hours and ongoing liaison with local residents. Site Clearance, Drainage and Ducting Works are currently progressing well on site.
Sorensen has commenced works on the Landing Pier in Killybegs Fishery Harbour, Co. Donegal for the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine. It is the largest fishing port on the island of Ireland with approximately 45% of Ireland’s total fish landings taking place at Killysbegs. The project involves the installation for new timber and steel fender piles and concrete repairs to the landing pier. The works are progressing well with piling commencing today.
As part of the Dinish Wharf North Quay Essential Works Project, Sorensen have completed and handed over Section 1 of the North Quay to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. This will provide much needed berthing capacity for the local and EU fishing boats.
The works comprise of the completion of the new quay structure, approximately 168m in length at Dinish Island. Castletownbere Co Cork. Congratulations to the Sorensen site team who have worked very hard to achieve this sectional handover.
Our drone has captured recent progress on Sorensen’s Marina Park Phase 1 Project for Cork City Council. The central concrete plaza work has been completed along with the main Central Hall structure. The newly formed watercourse is now live, and the water is flowing towards Pairc Ui Chaoimh into the Atlantic Pond. Excellent work by the Sorensen site team.
Sorensen and our Joint Venture partners, Farrans, are proud to have been awarded the Ervia Major Projects Contractor Safety Award in recognition of our proactive approach to health & safety throughout the Cobh Networks project.
Sorensen are delighted with this recognition of our commitment to safety as we deliver this important infrastructure for Irish Water and for Cobh. A huge congratulations and thank you to the hard-working Sorensen personnel on the project.
Here is our recent drone footage illustrating the progress on the Marina Park Phase 1 Project. With works progressing at a good rate, the project is on schedule for completion in Autumn 2021. The new public park will provide an exciting and essential amenity for the local community in Cork City.
Sorensen are delighted to announce they that have signed the contract with Cork City Council for the construction of Marina Park Phase 1 and have commenced work on site.
The works will comprise of the construction of a new city centre Parklands, comprising of hard and soft landscaped items along with associated site clearance, adjustment of existing site levels to form new water storage basins, surface water runoff drainage, diversion of an existing watercourse complete with associated weirs, new pathways both trafficked and non-trafficked comprising of sand blasted concrete, resin bonded paving, natural stone paving and brushed concrete and a timber gantry walkway. It will also include provision and installation of park furniture, site lighting, surface water pumping station and rising main, water feature and all associated mechanical and electrical services.
In addition, the Marina Park will include an open framed steel structure, partially roofed and wall cladded that will house individual pod like structures including toilet facilities and a coffee shop. The project will also comprise of 2 number bridge structures spanning over the diverted watercourse, one of which is to be trafficked. A new 250 space car park with associated road and shared cycling / pedestrian path is to be provided along the existing marina, adjoining the Shandon Boat Club. The works are to include all associated site works, including but not limited to the provision and installation of surface water drainage, public lighting and electrical charge points.
Sorensen Civil Engineering is committed to supporting the local community and making a positive impact on the lives of people in the areas in which we work. Our latest community support initiative was the donation of a MOTOmed leg and arm trainer to the Stroke Rehabilitation Unit at Cork University Hospital. This equipment is used for the upper and lower limb rehabilitation of stroke patients.
Present at the handover of the equipment were Kevin O’Sullivan, Stroke Department CUH and Liz O’Sullivan, Neurological Physiotherapy Department CUH and Aoife Murphy, Public Liaison Officer Sorensen Civil Engineering.
This road improvement scheme entailed the realignment of the existing Maryborough Hill Road and the construction of a new 4-leg roundabout to provide safe access to the new Maryborough Ridge Housing Development The upgrade works also included the provision of right turn lanes serving both the Maryborough Ridge Estate and the Broadale Residential Estate, footpaths, off-road bus stops and an on-road cycle lane. A significant element of the works was the construction of a new natural-stone faced retaining wall with railing adjacent to the new section of road and roundabout. This wall formed the new road boundary to the west. The works also included both hard and soft landscaping as adjacent to the road. Five uncontrolled pedestrian crossings at various locations along the scheme were constructed. All associated road markings, service diversion works, traffic management works, community liaison, bollard retention socket installation, new gullies, tactile paving and footpath build-outs were constructed as part of the scheme.
The N70 Kilderry Bends Improvement Scheme comprised of the design and construction of a realigned section of roadway approximately 6.0 km in length between Miltown and Killorglin in Co. Kerry on behalf of our client Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Kerry County Council. The new route was located on a greenfield site, to the south east of the existing N70 route and the road works were constructed predominantly off-line. The chosen road type was a Type 2 Single Carriageway with a climbing lane facility for northbound traffic. The N70 Kilderry Bends Improvement Scheme provided improved geometric alignment, a positive drainage system and standardised access along this section of the N70 National Secondary Route. The scheme also included a pedestrian walkway adjacent to the new road and a new 4 -leg roundabout at the Knockavota Junction. Following the completion of the new road, improvements were carried out to the old N70 route including resurfacing, road markings and signage amendments. The project was delivered four months ahead of programme, safely, within budget and to the highest standards in quality. Thanks to Sorensen crew for this great effort.
On the 25th of March 2019, Olaf Sorensen attended an interview of the last four finalists on behalf of Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd for the 2019 ICE Best Civil Engineering Project in Ireland. This award was for the construction of the Youghal Main Drainage Scheme.
Sorensen along with three other contractors, L & M Keating, Lagan Asphalt and Glan Aqua were selected as the last four after being recommended earlier by two separate judging panels.
The interview involved a question and answer session concentrating mainly on the following;
The design of the road in a sandy flood plain and the part played by geo-grids and surcharging.
The design and solutions to the piling for the main structure.
The pipework in the streets.
We look forward to the ICE Awards Gala Event on March 29th, where the winner will be announced.
Please read the article that was posted in the Engineers Journal on the 21st August 2107 – relating to Groundforce’s supply of Super Mega Brace for the Marine Works project in Youghal. Click here to read article
A new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) at Carrigtwohill, Co. Cork was officially opened by Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister for State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, David Stanton on Monday 3rd October 2016. The contract for the construction of the treatment plant, which involved a circa €12 million investment by Irish Water, was awarded to a Sorensen – EPS Joint Venture partnership in June 2014.
The plant is significant for a number of reasons not least the fact that it is the second plant in both Ireland and the UK to utilise the innovative Nereda biological treatment system. It can now treat waste for a population equivalent (PE) of 30,000 but has been designed to be able to double this capacity in stages. The project also involved upgrade works to three outlaying pump stations and a 710mm HDPE 1.5 km marine outfall carried out by Sorensen.
Carrigtwohill WwTP was successfully handed over by Sorensen / EPS Joint Venture to EPS Operations on the 18th May 2016. The contract was completed ahead of time and on budget.
The Nereda process has made this plant a key learning center for Irish and international clients. It is expected that as well as improved water quality and removal of existing health risks for the community, this new plant will unlock the capacity for further development in one of Cork’s fastest growing satellite towns.
Commenting on the project, Minister David Stanton said: “The increase in wastewater treatment capacity will allow for continued, future growth in population and economic activity, as well as in towns such as Castlemartyr, Cloyne, and Killeagh.”
Joshua Sorensen, Contracts Manager for Sorensen said: ‘Sorensen and EPS are delighted to be involved in such an innovative and locally beneficial project and are looking forward to supporting the community through the operate contract duration.’
The Waterford Grouped Towns and Villages Sewerage Scheme and Wastewater Treatment Plants will be officially opened by Senator Paudie Coffey today, Thursday 6th October 2016.
The project, which was delivered by Sorensen Civil Engineering and the EPS Group and involved a €24 million investment by Irish Water, has provided seven wastewater treatment plants in towns and villages across Co. Waterford including Ardmore, Ballyduff/Kilmeadan, Cappoquin, Dunmore East, Kilmacthomas, Stradbally and Tallow. An EPS/ Sorensen Joint Venture partnership was awarded the contract for the construction of the new treatment plants in July 2014. The project included the design, specification, procurement, supply, construction, commissioning, testing, operation and maintenance of seven complete, fully functioning, wastewater treatment plants and outfall pipes in the seven towns/villages.
The project will ensure the protection and improvement of water quality at the receiving locations which include seaside towns with busy tourist trades and popular fishing areas. The new wastewater treatment plants will serve a future population equivalent of 22,700, which will facilitate ongoing population growth and economic development in the respective towns and regions.
Commenting on the project, John Wallace, Contracts Director at Sorensen Civil Engineering said: “Sorensen and EPS are delighted to be involved in this locally beneficial project and are looking forward to supporting the community through the operate contract duration.’
Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd with their JV partners EPS have recently signed a contract with Irish Water for the construction of a new Waste Water Treatment Plant at Youghal, Co Cork.
The contract involves the design and construction of a 16,000 population equivalent wastewater treatment plant for Youghal, located at the Front Strand beach area. Construction of the new wastewater treatment plant will commence shortly and has an ambitious construction programme of 24 months.
EPS/Sorensen are fully focused on delivering this project successfully on behalf of Irish Water and the community in Youghal. The investment in a new wastewater treatment plant is part of an overall investment in wastewater infrastructure of approximately €22.8m. This is a significant investment and commitment by Irish Water and EPS/Sorensen are looking forward to working with all stakeholders, including the community in Youghal, in the delivery of the project.
Sorensen are currently carrying out seven such plants in Waterford and one in Carrigtohill, Co Cork for Irish Water.
As part of their ongoing learning, students on the Quantity Surveying and Civil Engineering programmes at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) made a site visit to the Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP) project being carried out by Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd in Dunmore East.
Classroom studies combined with appropriate dedicated site visits are a regular occurrence for students of varying disciplines in the Department of the Built Environment. Robert Smyth, course leader for BSc (Hons) Quantity in Surveying said, “These visits and activities are hugely important for our students as they can truly translate what they learn in the lecture halls to real life situations and engineering solutions.”
Bright sunshine, cool sea air and a complex civil engineering construction greeted students when they visited the WWTP project along with their tutors John Carney, Robert Smyth and Tomas O’Donoghue. Project Manager Luke Treacy gave the students great guidance and instruction on the works carried out to date.
The Waste Water Treatment Plant is in simple terms a very large compartmented box structure (approx. 70 x 20 x 5m high) with reinforced concrete floor and walls sunken below ground level. Once the plant is fitted and commissioned, the waste water from the Dunmore East area will be treated prior to being discharged out to sea via a 350m long pipeline. The 355mm diameter pipe is laid partly underground and then inserted into a bored hole some 300m long under the red rock cliff face.
The borehole allows the exit point of the outfall pipe to discharge 100m from the seashore. This operation is carried out using what is known as directional drilling and this operation had just commenced on site. The drilling operation is expected to take approx. six weeks to complete. The previous week the concrete floor of the tank had been placed (some 500m3 in a one day pour!!) and the reinforced concrete walls are in progress.
The WIT Department of the Built Environment students hope to return to the site in a few months time to review progress and get further experience on the practical aspects of the civil engineering construction detailing.
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