Thursday 17 January 2019

Cost of Casino project rising

Casino building in Malahide.
Casino building in Malahide.

Costs are escalating in the project to refurbish the Casino building in Malahide and install the Fry Model Railway Exhibition there with the price tag for the project up from €2.4 million to €2.7 million.

That is according to a county council report presented to local councillors on the Malahide/Howth Area Committee which blamed the rising cost of the project on 'inflation over the lifetime of the contract' and 'more extensive mechanical and electrical works to deliver an energy efficient building'.

Some of the rising costs have also been attributed on additional works to stabilise the boundary walls of the property and additional works to ensure proper disable access to the building and exhibition.

The council said contractors will be on site this month with works on the building set to complete in mid-February, next year and then a further six weeks for the installation of the exhibition, leaving the entire project completed by the end of next March.

Bright 3D Environmental, which has experience in the UK and Ireland in exhibition design and installation, have been successful in their tender for the Fry Model Railway exhibition and a meeting will be arranged to allow local councillors view the contractor's exhibition proposal and input into the design development of the scheme.

Cllr Anthony Lavin (FG) expressed concern about the mounting costs and extended time-lines for the delivery of the project and Cllr Jimmy Guerin (NP) echoed those concerns, saying that the €300,000 rise in costs came to a hike of 12.5%.

Cllr Eoghan O'Brien (FF) said delays in the project had caused a lot of frustration locally and people wanted to be assured that 'everything is being done by Fingal County Council to keep this on track'.

Cllr Keith Redmond (Ren) asked if the council was happy that the funding was in place to afford the rise in costs but council official, Hazel Craigie assured councillors that the council was committed to the project and the funding required would be found in its capital budget, and added to the remainder of a bequest for the project left by local man Michéal Gaffney.

She said the council was 'fully committed to making sure this project is completed' and added that 'capital funds will be made available to ensure this project proceeds'.

Fingal Independent