Save Cork City calls in Dutch flooding expert

Save Cork City calls in Dutch flooding expert

The winning design proposal for Morrison’s Island by HH Plus Architects, and Francis Keane, architect, which will be on display at the Crawford until February 25.

A Dutch expert in flood protection is to speak at UCC as part of an event being organised by tidal barrier campaigners Save Cork City (SCC).

SCC is launching an exhibition of designs that were entered into their Morrison's Island flood defence competition at the Crawford Building on Thursday.

The competition was staged to provide alternative proposals to the first phase of flood defences for the city being progressed by Cork City Council at Morrison's Island at a cost of €6m.

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is expected to get Ministerial approval for the rest of the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme, comprising of raised quay walls at a cost of €140m later this year.

However, SCC has campaigned for more than a year for a tidal barrier to be built at Lough Mahon instead of the OPW plan, at an estimated cost of €140 million.

The OPW has dismissed this option and estimated that the tidal barrier will cost more than €1.6bn.

The SCC exhibition will run until February 25 and will be open to the public from 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

In addition to the exhibition, Eric Kraaij, deputy director of the Dutch Flood Protection Programme (DFPP), will speak at a symposium at UCC on Saturday at the Kane Building at 11am.

According to SCC spokesperson and architect John Hegarty, Kraaij is the equivalent of the Office of Public Works in the Netherlands.

The DFFP is a collaboration of the regional water authorities and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment in the Netherlands and is the legal body for financing flood defence projects and supports the water authorities.

Kraaij is responsible for scheduling projects on a national level and to give support to the flood protection projects of Rijkswaterstaat and each of the regional water authorities in the Netherlands.

The Morrison’s Island international design competition was organised by the Cork Architectural Association with the support of the Architectural Association of Ireland and the National Sculpture Factory. The exhibition and symposium has organised with the support of Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork.

The competition was won by HH+ and architect Francis Keane. They will present their design along with second-placed A2 architects and third-placed GKMP Architects at the symposium on Saturday.

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