First indoor velodrome moves a step closer
Though the long wait for Ireland's first indoor velodrome continues, the project appears closer than ever to getting off the ground after Sport Ireland revealed that the contract for development has now been put out to tender.
The initiative was given a major boost in 2014 when former Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Leo Varadkar, put funding in place for the project to reach the planning and design stage, and Fingal County Council then granted planning permission in March last year.
The CEO of Sport Ireland, John Treacy, says they are now awaiting estimated construction costs before seeking the green light for funding.
"No decision has been made," he said. "We're preparing all the work so if we get the funding, we can go ahead and perform it. Looking around the world, the cost of such a facility could be anything from €10m to €20m."
If the government approves funding for the velodrome, the project is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete. Nearby the proposed sight of the velodrome in Abbotstown, the construction of an indoor athletics arena is well under way, with the facility - which will contain a movable floor and a banked 200m track - set to be opened in November 2016.
Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Paschal Donohue, was on site yesterday to announce details of the latest upgrade to the National Sports Campus, with the installation of a four-lane, 130m track alongside a strength and conditioning area. The high performance training centre is currently utilised by 160 athletes across 18 sports.