We hope to recruit a graduate structural engineer to work in our Belfast office. If you have two years' experience working in an engineering consultancy firm and would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Steven Sloan at 028 9066 7951. Taylor & Boyd, Winners at RICS Awards 2017: Bishop's Gate Hotel (Tourism & Leisure), Brooke Park (Community Benefit), Arvalee School & Resource Centre (Design Through Innovation); Winner at European Healthcare Design 2017: NHS Healthcare Design: Radiotherapy Centre, Altnagelvin Hospital

Hydro-Electric Turbine, Omagh


On this project Taylor & Boyd contributed Civil and Structural engineering design for the development of a hydro-electric screw that would generate electricity from the Camowen River to provide power to Omagh Leisure Centre.

The brief required the design team to create a facility that would generate sufficient power to meet the needs of the Leisure Centre and sell back excess power to the National Grid with minimal impact on the salmon-rich Camowen River.

Rated at 121 kilowatts, the hydro turbine was predicted to save in excess of 133 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) annually and make a contribution to the Council’s “green philosophy”.

The design chosen was the Archimedes screw as it was the most fish-friendly option available. Flood protection was carefully controlled by the use of a temporary cofferdam throughout construction and in particular while the line of the existing flood wall was being modified.

The scheme included an in-situ reinforced concrete inlet, precast concrete intake channel with openings in the roof to provide natural light for fish passing through, in-situ reinforced concrete penstock, fish pass with resting pools and screw base.

A masonry power house with public interpretive area was constructed around the Archimedes screw and the surrounding areas were re-graded to accommodate pedestrian and vehicular access.

The existing top weir on the river was also modified to incorporate a new fish pass and eel crawling mat.


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