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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Malahide Castle work on schedule

MAJOR UPGRADE INCLUDES NEW MUSEUM

Transport Minister Leo Varadkar and Gerry McGuire planted a tree to mark the renovation of Malahide Castle earlier this year.

THE €10 million revamp of Malahide Castle and its grounds is on schedule to open to the public in October, according to Fingal County Council.

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) asked for a progress report on the project and was told that 'significant progress' had been made during the summer and the redevelopment was on course to open next month. On the works at the castle itself, the council said that much of the work had been completed including the installation of a new spiral stair case, a new disabled access lift, re-wiring of the entire building and the opening up of the ground floor area to accommodate a new visitor museum. Current works include the installation of a new audio-visual system in the museum area. Works at the castle are on schedule and it is expected that the contractor was due to hand over the site last week to the new operator of the facility. The new operator, Shannon Heritage, will then commence systems testing and staff training in preparation for the reopening. In the courtyard visitor centre and gardens, the council said works are slightly behind schedule having been 'severely hampered by the unseasonably wet weather'. The council reported: ' The contractor is working additional hours, including Saturdays, in order to keep the programme on track. It is anticipated that handover of the site will take place on September 12. The new facilities will open to the public once systems testing and staff training have been carried out by Shannon Heritage. It is expected that this will be in early October.' The anchor tenant of the development is Avoca and that aspect of the project is also reaching completion. The council said: 'The Avoca site was handed over to the company in July. The fit-out of this area is a separate contract which is being overseen by Avoca.

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