2:00pm - 4:00pm


Shaftesbury Community Recreation Centre 97 Balfour Avenue Belfast, County Antrim BT7 2EW United Kingdom


Free to attend

Hosted by the CIWEM Northern Ireland branch

Event description

Work is progressing on the Department for Infrastructure’s Belfast Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme with construction commencing in July 2022. This vitally important project aims to reduce tidal flood risk to homes, businesses and communities in Belfast and mitigate the dangers posed by climate change.

Over 1500 properties are currently at risk from a 1 in 200-year tidal event. Predictions indicate that the number of properties at risk will increase to over 3900 by 2080 and over 7300 by 2117 as a result of climate change causing sea levels to rise.

Join us to hear from the client, contractor and design team about some of the challenges they have faced to date, how the project is progressing and how they have included measure to future-proof the scheme against the effects of climate change.

You can view details of how the scheme is progressing on the Belfast Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme website.

We welcome CIWEM members and non-members alike to attend this technical talk aimed at a professional audience followed by a site visit to view the operational sections of the scheme.

Part of the CIWEM Flood Resilience series.

About the speaker

Paddy Harney

Paddy Harney is the civil engineering director with the contractor Charles Brand with 28 years’ experience in water, rivers, roads and rail Infrastructure. Paddy recently completed the Lagan Gateway Project and currently delivering Belfast Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Iain Arthur

Iain Arthur is a senior engineer with RPS (A Tetra Tech Company), with 6 years’ experience working in the marine structures team after completing a PhD at Queens University, Belfast. Iain isresponsible for the design of flood walls and foundations on the Belfast Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Caoimhe O’Neill

Caoimhe O’Neill is SPTO civil engineer with DfI Water and Departmental Delivery (formerly DfI Rivers). Caoimhe has 6 years’ experience working in flood risk management and is the client project manager for the Belfast Tidal Flood Alleviation Scheme.

Booking and joining information

This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.

Please note there is limited capacity at this event. Bookings must be made through 'My CIWEM' using the above booking link and are only confirmed once you have clicked ‘proceed & submit’ in the cart and received a confirmation email. Should you be unable to attend the event after booking, please cancel to allow other delegates to take the place.

If you have any questions about your booking or would like to cancel your attendance, please contact barbara.woods@ciwem.org.

Please make sure you add this event to your calendar, all you need to do is copy the body text of the joining instruction email, go to your Calendar, create a new calendar appointment, set the start and end date and time, paste the text and click the "Save & Close" button.

If you have any queries about this event, please contact Sam Purdon at Sam.Purdon@rpsgroup.com.

About the venue and getting there

The event will take place at Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre, 97 Balfour Avenue, Belfast, BT7 2EW. The venue is only 12 minutes’ walk from Lanyon Place Station and several bus routes run near the venue.

The visit will take place in publicly accessible areas along the River Lagan, so attendees are advised to wear appropriate clothing and footwear to suit the terrain and weather conditions.

Travelling to the venue

As part of CIWEM’s commitment to tackling the climate and ecological emergency we would encourage delegates to use the most environmentally sustainable means of transport possible.

By Train | Underground

Botanic railway station is the nearest mainline railway station to Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre and is at 43 Botanic Ave, Belfast BT7 1JR. Translink trains run to Botanic station and Lanyon Station for all those coming from outside Belfast.

By Bus | Coach

The no. 5 bus routes run along Ormeau Road near Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre.

By foot | cycle

The Shaftesbury Community & Recreation Centre is only 12 minutes’ walk from Botanic Station and 3 minutes’ cycle ride.

By car

If you are coming by car, please consider sharing the journey with others to reduce your environmental footprint. Although parking is available, it is limited.

As this is an in-person event, please remain vigilant to control the spread of COVID-19 and stay safe.

We would request that if you think you might have contracted COVID or have recently had the disease, that you do not attend this event.

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