Start date set for Casino redevelopment
Long-awaited building works on the Casino building, which will ultimately house the historic Fry Model Railway, is expected to begin early next year, it has been confirmed. The news has been hailed by local councillors who stated that the delay had been the source of much frustration for the community in Malahide.
Work on the Casino itself is expected to start next February and last for 11 months. Attention will then switch to accommodating the Fry Model Railway. A report circulated to councillors s at last week's Malahide//Howth area committee meeting stated that enabling works contract was completed in August which saw hoarding erected, site investigations carried out, as well as temporary roof protection, ivy cutback and clearance of old furniture from the Casino cottage.
An application for a disability access certificate was submitted August and a grant was received in October. An application for a fire safety certificate was submitted August and following a clarification process a final grant was received last week of November. The procurement process for the main contract has commenced using a panel of heritage contractors from a newly developed framework.
The report stated: 'Final tender documents will issue in first week December to allow an expected start on site in early February 2018. A construction duration of 11 months has been stipulated for completion in January 2019. The tender documents allow for a prominent sign to inform the public of the development and visible from Dublin Road. Tenders have been received for the design and construction of the Fry Model Railway exhibition incorporating working layouts and modern interactive interpretation and display, councillors were informed A clarification process is underway as part of the evaluation process and an appointment is expected in January 2018. The proposal includes for installation in January /February 2019 after completion of the main building works.'
Cllr Eoghan O'Brien said it was important that the channels of information and communication were kept informed about the project. In terms of the Fry Model railway aspect of the project, Cllr Keith Redmond said that residents were keen to a full grand design and display of the exhibit in the Casino. Supporting the call, Cllr O'Brien said it was 'non-negotiable' that there would be anything other than a good working display of the Fry model railway.