Update on Round Tower Project April 2015

 

South Dublin County Council have set aside a considerable sum of money for the design and construction of the Round Tower Visitor Centre and Public Gardens. This is the largest single allocation proposed under the Villages Initiative Project. These works will commence on site in autumn 2015. No other projects will be proposed for Clondalkin under the Villages Initiative Programme until this flagship scheme is completed.

 

The Consultant Design Team for the Round Tower Project has now been tendered and consultants appointed. This team is already at work preparing tender documentation for the Visitor Centre project. Upcoming works will include ground investigation testing (bearing capacity) and enabling works to determine the exact nature of conservation works to the Millview Cottages. Both of these investigations will be supervised by the consultant archaeologist as required by Departmental approval. 

 

Tender is scheduled to issue in early October 2015 with works commencing November. Construction works should last approximately 12 months. The Centre is targeted to open in late 2016. Expressions of Interest advertisement has already issued in relation to the café / retail franchise associated with the Visitor Centre. Libraries Section have allocated a staff member to work full-time on researching material and content suitable for exhibition in a variety of formats. The scheme will be promoted when its themes, content and construction are at a more advanced stage.

 

We would like to congratulate the entire Round Tower Heritage group committee for their unbelievable hard work and commitment over the past couple of years to get this project to a stage where we will see construction work commencing in the coming months. The opening of the Round Tower site to general public will allow Clondalkin to grow as a tourist destination. 

 

Clondalkin Tidy Towns are delighted to have played a central part of this group.