MosArt has been involved in the assessment of over 20 road projects throughout Ireland on schemes ranging from national route strategic corridors to town inner relief roads. Their experience covers Phases 3, 4 and 5 of the NRA National Road Project Planning structure (see project list hereunder) and they have worked both directly with several National Roads Design Offices as well as with a number of EIS Consultants.
Training and Participation in Oral Hearings
Tomas O’Leary, MosArt Director, has received formal training in Expert Witness for Oral Hearings and has practical experience in serving in this role for a number of road schemes.
Training and Education in Landscape Impact Assessment
MosArt has contributed for over a decade towards the Diploma in Environmental Impact Assessment given annually by UCD’s Department of Environmental Resource Management.
MosArt were involved in both Route Corridor Selection (Phase 3) as well as Preliminary Design and Statutory Procedures (Phase 4) for the proposed Ballaghadereen Bypass in County Roscommon. This 13.6km scheme was selected as the preferred route from four route corridor options and MosArt’s responsibility was to prepare a semi-quantitative assessment of likely landscape and visual impacts as well as proposing detailed mitigation measures.
An Oral Hearing was held for this project in 2008, requiring MosArt to prepare Appellant response material on behalf of Roscommon National Roads Design Office.
The M4 Celbridge Interchanges Scheme is unusual insofar as it passes through the designed parkland landscape of Castletown House. It was paramount that the road did not adversely impact on upon the framed view of Connolly’s Folly along a northwest viewing axis. High berms were used to provide screening of the road and traffic. MosArt were later commissioned to design and implement the landscape scheme for the project.
Phase 3 – Route Corridor Selection
Phase 4 – Preliminary Design and Statutory Procedures
Phase 5 – Construction Documentation Preparation / Tender Process / Award of Contract