TOBIN was appointed by Bord na Móna to prepare four Planning Applications, EIS/EIAR and Waste/IED Licence Applications for the Drehid Waste Management Facility. The four phases of development included an engineered landfill, MBT facility and composting facilities. The existing soft and unstable ground conditions were significant challenges which were overcome by TOBIN’s engineers in undertaking the preliminary design for the facility. This included a stretch of the 5km access road which passed through an area of peat which was in excess of 6m in depth. In addition, both a clay borrow area and a sand and gravel borrow area were proposed on-site, which would be exploited for the construction of the facility. TOBIN participated in the public consultation process throughout and successfully guided the application through the planning process including expert witness at four Oral Hearings with a resultant grant issued by An Bord Pleanála.