‘Go-Ahead Ireland’ opens new depot in Dublin.
The new Go-Ahead bus depot in Ballymount, Dublin, was officially opened by Ireland’s Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, on 9 July.
Go-Ahead Ireland is the country’s newest private bus company, and has been awarded a contract to take over 24 existing Public Service Obligation bus routes commencing this Autumn. Minister Ross praised the development and welcomed Go-Ahead into the Irish market, highlighting the creation of 425 local jobs together with the €8.5 million investment into the facility.
The new depot has a capacity for servicing up to 250 buses. These will be maintained in a well-designed, generously-equipped and modern workshop complete with drive through bus wash. The building provides a canteen, shower and gym facilities for staff, together with electric charging points and cycle parking. The facility also includes a two-storey office block. The depot has been created by utilising and modifying an existing disused warehouse and office facility to convert it to its new function.
We are proud to have provided all civil, structural and MEP engineering services for the development from our Dublin office. The project has been completed to meet a very short planning, design and construction programme, in order for it to be operational in advance of the commencement of the new bus services.
Our Associate, Kevin Farrell commented: “The project was a little out of the ordinary, and the timescales to develop and complete the design, prepare tender packages and get the work completed were very challenging. However, Go-Ahead knew exactly what they wanted, and we had clear briefs from the outset, which greatly facilitated in meeting the programme. It is pleasing to have contributed to the ongoing improvement in public transport infrastructure for Dublin.”
You can read more on Go-Ahead’s website.