Monday 24 June 2019

Cultural Quarter done by mid-2024

The council has given a major new update on the progress of the Swords Cultural Quarter project and for the first time has pinned an expected date of completion for the project down to mid-2024.

Cllr Darragh Butler asked the council for a 'general update and time-line with regard to the progression of the Swords Cultural Quarter and Swords Civic & Cultural Centre Project'.

In response, the council issued a detailed report.

The report states: 'Tenders have been received in relation to Project Management Services for the delivery of the projects within Swords Cultural Quart er.

'It is expected that this appointment will be made in summer to enable the procurement of a full design team for the projects within the Cultural Quarter by end of 2019.'

The council report adds: 'It is intended to have a scheme developed for public planning consultation in mid-2020 with final planning approval intended for Q4 2020.

'The current programme includes tendering the projects in mid 2021 with an expected completion date for the project in mid 2024.'

The council report explains: 'Site investigation and reporting on the proposed site of the main cultural centre building on the exiting carpark at Seatown Road/ North Street is expected to commence shortly. The results of this testing will inform the design process.'

Meanwhile at Swords Castle, work continues apace, according to the report, which states: 'The current phase of conservation works at Swords Castle is due for completion in June.

'Consent from the National Monuments Service has been received and preparations are being made for demolition of some derelict buildings on North Street which block views of the Castle

'The Local Studies and Archives section of Libraries Department have recently relocated to 46 North Street within the Cultural Quart er area.'

The Swords Cultural Quarter project will transform the North Street end of the town and provide a counterweight to the commercial quarter of the town around Swords Pavilions.

At the centre of the project is a multi-million euro Civic and Cultural Centre which will be the new home for Swords Libary as well as providing a theatre space and exhibition space for the town.

Fingal Independent