The contract to remediate the unauthorised landfill at Timoole in County Meath was signed last week after a lengthy process of site investigations, redesigns and public consultations running in parallel with a High Court action.
RPS was appointed to the project by Meath County Council in 2015 and since then we have been involved in bringing the project to construction stage. The tender for the construction works was published earlier this year and attracted seven tender submissions which were evaluated by RPS and culminated in a recommendation to appoint Priority Construction.
Since then, we have worked with Meath County Council to resolve a land occupancy issue adjacent to the site and held public consultation meetings with the local community in the area.
The construction phase will see the removal of approximately 40,000m3 of material from the site to a licensed facility and its replacement with suitable clean material. Excavation depths are expected to reach 10m in one corner of the site but in-situ testing of the floor and side walls of the excavation will ultimately determine the extent of the material removal. Construction will begin in November and is expected to continue for 15 months unless ground conditions allow earlier completion.
RPS has previously undertaken landfill remediation projects on behalf of local authorities in Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow, Laois and Dublin.