Casino update for local councillors
Fingal County Council has given an update on work on the restoration of the Casino Cottage in Malahide which will be the new home of the town's beloved Fry Model Railway exhibition.
As reported last week, in the Fingal Independent, work has now begun on the restoration project and the council has now given a more detailed update to local councillors on the Malahide/Howth Area Committee.
The council report on the project, informed local councillors: 'In accordance with tendering procedures a letter of intent has issued and a formal award of contract will issue to the successful contractor first week in April.
'A commencement notice will issue to allow mobilising and start on site in mid-April 2018. The works are contracted to last 45 weeks finishing on site mid- February 2019.'
The council report also update councillors on progress in the design of the Fry Model Railway Exhbition which will be housed in the cottage.
The report stated: 'Bright 3D Environmental have been successful in their tender for the Fry Model Railway exhibition.
'A meeting will be arranged to allow councillors view the contractor's exhibition proposal and input into the design development of the scheme. The exhibition construction has been programmed to take six weeks to install on site following completion of the main refurbishment contract.'
The council report added that the cost of the project has risen since its inception: 'It should be noted that the estimated cost of the project as set out in the Capital Programme was €2.4m. Following receipt of the tenders and additional works required this is now coming in at just under €2.7m.'
Explaining the increase in costs, the report explained it was due to 'Construction inflation over the lifetime of the contract has been estimated at circa €150k' as well as 'more extensive mechanical and electrical works to deliver an energy efficient building'.
Some of the cost inflation on the project is also down to 'extensive works are now required to repair and stabilise the boundary walls with adjoining property following site investigation works' as well as some additional works required for disability access certificate' and 'some additional works added to make external areas easier to maintain'.
The council expect the entire project to be completed by the end of the first quarter, in 2019.