The Dundalk Driver Test Centre (DDTC) has been officially opened by the Road Safety Authority (RSA). Atkins was appointed by the Office of Public Works on behalf of the RSA to provide civil and structural design services for a driver test centre in Dundalk Co. Louth. This new multipurpose complex will cater for a variety of RSA functions including driver testing, driver education, vehicle enforcement and emergency service driving standards training.

Richard Dawson, Senior Structural Engineer and Project Manager, Atkins said: ‘It is great to see the Dundalk Driver Test Centre open and operational, having been involved during the whole of the construction stage. Atkins approached this project, including the preceding design stage, on a collaborative basis with the RSA, OPW, the entire design team and subsequently, the contractor’s site team, to deliver this project. The Atkins team was well placed to ensure this project was delivered successfully given the experience and extensive technical expertise of our local team.’

Atkins Civil and Structural Engineering Services included the structural design of the new test centre building. The design for the HGV and rigid truck test track using AutoTrack – a specialist software program that identifies vehicle manoeuvring paths and turning circles. These developments are designed to comply with the “Access for All” guidelines for universal access, including people with disabilities.

Denise Maguire   Editor of Irish Construction Industry Magazine