The application for ‘A Pathway to a Low-Carbon Society: A Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy driving the transformational urban regeneration of Nenagh Town Centre’ has been provisionally allocated €9.525 million funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) from the Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage. The Nenagh project was part of €130 million allocated for four Regeneration Projects in the Mid-West announced by Mr. Darragh O’ Brien, TD, Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage on Friday 19th March 2021.
The Nenagh application was submitted by Tipperary County Council in partnership with the Tipperary Energy Agency, North Tipperary Development Company, Limerick Institute of Technology, Community Power and Siga Limited.
This project will develop a Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Energy which will be the anchor and catalyst for the redevelopment of the Martyr’s Road Regeneration Quarter. The Centre of Excellence will host a range of public agencies working collaboratively to deliver innovation solutions from training and development, to new cutting-edge research on technologies, to incubating low-carbon social enterprises. The Centre has been designed by Kenneth Hennessy Architects in partnership with Horgan Carroll Architects to be Ireland’s first carbon neutral and energy positive building.
The project will also deliver public infrastructure, civic spaces and public realm enhancement and will consolidate the linkages to the town centre and unlock the potential for the overall area.
Welcoming the funding announcement, Cllr. Michael Smith, Cathaoirleach of Tipperary County Council said “this project epitomises the commitment of Tipperary County Council to deliver on the objectives of the Climate Action Plan in reducing our carbon footprint and meeting global energy targets. I would like to compliment all the partners involved in putting together such an innovative proposal which will be transformational for Nenagh and for Tipperary.”
The Cathaoirleach of Nenagh Municipal District, Cllr. Séamus Morris, also welcomed the funding announcement. “The Centre of Excellence will make a significant contribution to Nenagh and District in terms of employment and will become a major employer in the town, directly and indirectly creating 350 sustainable jobs and generating a return of €17 million to the local economy over a ten-year period. I congratulate all those involved and look forward to the delivery of this project which will make a real difference to Martyr’s Road, to Nenagh and to the whole Region”
Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council, Mr. Joe MacGrath said that the development of the Centre of Excellence will be a pioneering project for the Southern Region and was identified as a priority under the Regional Spatial and Economic Strategy (RSES). He said “The project will facilitate Nenagh to fulfil its role as a regional economic driver and will support and attract future population growth and investment. It will also be a pathway for other towns in how they can move towards low carbon urban centres”.
The next steps will be the procurement of a team of consultants to progress the completion of the detailed design and the Part 8 planning process. The project is scheduled to be delivered over a three-year timeframe. In total it will represent an investment of €12.7 million in Nenagh.