Tipperary County Council are delighted to announce that GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd. have been awarded the construction works contract for Phase 1 of the Carrick-on-Suir Regeneration Plan “A Journey from the Suir Blueway to the Ormond Castle Quarter”. The value of this Phase 1 contract is €2,387,966.99 which is being funded by the Rural Regeneration Development Fund and part funded by Tipperary County Council. The contract was signed on 24th. October 2023 at Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District Offices, New Street, Carrick on Suir, Co. Tipperary. This project has evolved and developed over a number of years with invaluable support and input from Carrick-on-Suir Tourism and Economic Development Committee and multiple stakeholders and with extensive public consultation greatly influencing the design of the scheme.
Malachy Walsh & Partners, Engineering and Environmental Consultants and Nic de Jong Architects, who are a leading provider of integrated design consultancy services across the Republic of Ireland with extensive experience in public realm schemes, were engaged by the Council in 2021, initially to design the scheme and bring it to planning stage, and subsequently to design and oversee the works which will be rolled out in 5 separate phases. The total construction costs of the 5 Phases is expected to be €17.8 million.
The physical works included in Phase 1 are:
- At Sean Healy Park – construction of new footpaths, hard paved areas and widening of the Suir Blueway including associated landscaping and services/utilities to serve the proposed and future uses.
- The Suir Blueway will be extended to connect to North Quay to provide cycleway and pedestrian linkages from Sean Healy Park to Ormond Castle.
- Upgrade of the Castle Street approach to Ormond Castle Park.
- Undertaking of ecological and amenity improvements within Castle Park grounds including new lighting along Strand Walk and repointing of Castle Park walls.
Tipperary County Council acknowledges and appreciates that this scheme could only be realised through financial investment by traders as a result of rates increases and the Rural Regeneration Development Funding.
We look forward to the completion of this scheme that will connect the existing streets, spaces and facilities in Carrick-on-Suir town and underpin the longterm vitality, viability and vibrancy of the town through a safer, enhanced and unique urban environment attracting tourism into the town.
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25 October 2023
Front row – left to right Cathaoirleach Tipperary County Council Ger Darcy, Cathaoirleach Carrick on Suir Municipal District Kieran Bourke, Joe MacGrath Chief Executive Tipperary County Council, Declan Foley GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd, Martin Fitzgerald GLAS Civil Engineering Ltd.
Back Row – left to right Councillor David Dunne, Brian Beck Director of Services, Marie O Gorman Carrick on Suir District Administrator, Denis Power, Carrick on Suir District Engineer, Ciarán O Shea Project Manager, Peter O Donnell, Malachy Walsh and Partners.