RPS to Deliver New River Liffey Bridge

RPS, in a joint venture with Flint & Neill UK, has just been appointed by Dublin City Council to deliver a new bridge over the River Liffey for pedestrian & cyclist use.

The RPS Flint & Neill team is responsible for the options study, planning, detailed design and construction stages of the proposed bridge, which will be located between the East Link Bridge and the Samuel Beckett Bridge. Our team will design an ‘opening’ bridge to facilitate demand-led openings and maintain access for sea going vessels and the increasing water based activity and events in this thriving location.

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The bridge will be over 130m in length and construction is programmed to commence in 2017.

Image: Tony Magee, RPS


The new bridge is required as part of the North Lotts & Grand Canal Dock Strategic Development Zone (the planning scheme for Dublin Docklands), which proposes an additional 20,000 new jobs to the Docklands area. The new bridge over the Liffey is critical to reduce pressure on the Samuel Beckett Bridge and East Link Bridge at peak times for pedestrians and cyclists. The development of the proposed bridge will also link the north and south sides of the Liffey and the Grand Canal Dock area both physically and in people’s minds, which will assist in the promotion of an integrated Docklands destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) critical to the Irish economy.

Tony Magee, Director Buildings & Structures, stated ‘’Both RPS and Flint & Neill are working on the Mersey Gateway Bridge, the landmark cable stay bridge in Liverpool currently under construction – Flint & Neill as Bridge Designer and RPS as the Technical Adviser to the lenders including construction monitoring. RPS and Flint & Neill have an enviable track record as designers of landmark and award winning bridges and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Liffey Bridge project ‘’.