Robertshill, Kilkenny City - Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study
AWN Consulting was appointed by Feron O Neill Consulting Engineers, on behalf of the client to prepare a flood impact study and risk assessment for a proposed mixed use development at Robertshill, Kilkenny City.
The proposed development is located along the boundary of the River Breagagh, a tributary to the River Nore. The proposed development includes plans for an access road and a bridge running from the proposed Kilkenny City Inner Relief Road.
AWN Consulting scope of works included the following:
- Desktop assessment of the historical flood data in relation to the site and the surrounding area was conducted.
- Consultation with Kilkenny County Council and Office of Public Works (OPW) with regard to data relating to past flooding of the river and recorded levels.
- A bathymetric and hydrometric survey of the stream, from upstream of the site to downstream of the site.
- Modelling of predicted flood event using MIKE FLOOD software (1D and 2D coupled Model)
The key findings of the assessment were that the construction of the inner relief road and attenuation measures would reduce the risk of flooding and the 100 year flood level on the proposed development. The construction of the proposed bridge and embankment would have no effect on the 1:100 flood levels. Therefore construction is suitable at a level above this point in the area where the proposed access road and embankment will be located.