Bowen-Somague JV awarded contract for N7 project


Bowen-Somague JV - a joint venture beween Bowen Construction and Somague (Portugal) - has been awarded a contract by the National Roads Authority (NRA) to design and construct the €161 million N7 Castletown to Nenagh dual carriageway.

The project forms part of the National Development Plan’s (NDP) to improve the N7 Dublin to Limerick Road and will include a high quality dual carriageway - approximately 36kms long with 46 structures including over-bridges, underpasses and culverts. The existing N7 carriageway will remain in place to serve local road needs.

Construction will start at the most easterly junction of the Nenagh bypass in North Tipperary and finish in County Laois at the proposed Borris-in-Ossory interchange, which will be constructed as part of the M7/M8 project.

The Bowen-Somague JV is currently completing the €40 million design and build of the new Irish Rail Train Care Depot in Portlaoise. Together with Sacyr - the Spanish parent company of Somague - the JV has also been awarded an €85 million contract by the RPA for the extension of the LUAS Line B1 - from Sandyford to Cherrywood in Dublin.

The contracting authority for the N7 Joint Venture is Laois County Council and McCarthy Grontmij are the consulting engineers on the project. The project will commence shortly and is due for completion in 2010.