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Progress Report on Special Projects - Kilkenny County Council

Progress Report on current status of Special Projects included in Council’s Capital Programme.

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Status of Special Projects Progress Report 2014

January, 2014.

The following report was given to Councillors at the Monthly Council Meeting, Monday January 21st 2014

City and County Library

Demolition works on the site are substantially completed. The next stages of the project are archaeological resolution, detailed design and an open competition for shortlisting of suitable building contractors. An updated project report, including a revised cost estimate, will now issue to DoECLG . The Council will then seek approval to seek tenders with a view towards contract award by early summer. The floor area of the new library is approx 1,400m2 and the estimated construction cost is €4.5 million.

St Marys Renovation.

The Part 8 public consultation process concluded in December 2013 and benefitted through the hosting of three public information meetings throughout the year. The removal of internal church structures will continue until late February. At the same time the competition to shortlist suitable contractors will be in train. Tenders for the renovation works contract will issue in late spring and it is envisaged that renovation work valued at €4 million will commence this summer. Progress is also taking place in respect of the identification of displays and themes for interpretation for a museum of national importance. The renovation will be completed in early 2016 should construction commence this summer as planned.

High Street Kilkenny.

The first phases of the street pavement improvement scheme have been completed (Rose Inn St to Post Office) and further phases will be carried this year out recommencing in March. At a cost of €2.2 million the project is being part financed by Failte Ireland under the Medieval Mile project and on completion will present a new pavement and streetscape as far as the end of Parliament Street.

Butler Gallery at Evans Home

The Council is collaborating with Butler Gallery as to the management of the project. Pending finance, contract documents for tender can be prepared at very short notice. The proposed redevelopment of Evans Home to a contemporary Art Gallery comprising 870m2 of exhibition space was approved by Kilkenny Borough Council under the Part 8 process some time ago. The project , estimated to cost €4million, will be jointly funded by Failte Ireland and the Dept of Arts , Gaeltacht and Heritage.

The Mayfair at the Diageo Site

The Councils lease on the John’s Green Offices runs out in 2015. It is proposed on handover of the Diageo site to refurbish the Mayfair building (1,200m2) and to reuse it for permanent office accommodation for the Local Authority. Tenders for design services for the refurbishment project have been received last week following public notice in etenders. The cost of the refurbishment works is estimated at €400k.

The Brewhouse at the Diageo Site

The Brewhouse building on the Diageo site will be retained and will be in possession of the Local Authority on completion of the site purchase contract. The building is of industrial heritage value and at 5,000 m2 is capable of being designed and refurbished into modern energy efficient office accommodation. Tenders for design services were received last week following notice in etenders and the European Journal. The refurbishment costs are dependent on the fit out specification and can range from €600k for protective shell works to at least €6million for office standard.

The Lady Desart Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge

The new bridge spans 35metres over the river Nore and adds significantly to walking and cycling infrastructure in and around Kilkenny City. It will also assist the Council in achieving targets set out in the Mobility Management Plan adopted in 2009. The costs are estimated at €600,000 of which €430,000 relates to the main construction and fabrication contract. The bridge will be formally opened on Thursday 30th January.

The Pedestrian Bridge at Ossory Bridge.

The provision of a pedestrian under bridge at the Ossory Bridge on the Ring Road will complete a very attractive looped walk and complement the Council’s investment over recent years in the Nore Linear Park and boardwalk. Designers have now been appointed to the scheme and it is expected that Part 8 documents will be brought before Council at the March meeting. At this point the estimated construction cost is €275,000 and an application for funding has been made to DoTTS under the Active Travel Towns programme.

The River Garden

The brief and contract specification for design services is currently at an advanced stage of preparation and will be advertised on etenders later this month. The scope of the brief includes for a detailed garden design between Green’s Bridge and John’s Bridge, including the Diageo Site, in addition to a master plan for conventional gardens and biodiversity landscaping along the riverside between Ossory Bridge and Talbotsinch. Failte Ireland has agreed to part fund this project in sum of €279,000.

Urban and Village renewal under Leader Axis 3.

Schemes for Ballyragget, Thomastown, Callan and Graiguenamangh totalling €1.4 million have all proceeded satisfactorily through the part 8 process. The schemes are funded through Leader, Kilkenny Co Council and local contributions. The current status is described briefly below;


Phase one of the proposed works to the north side of the street and green area has been awarded to a contractor in sum of €306k incl VAT.

Landscaping, ESB and telecoms ducting will bring the cost to around €360k.

The village will further benefit from road pavement works on the N77 valued at €250k. This will bring the total value of village improvement works to over €600,000 in 2014.


Urban renewal works valued at €346k have commenced on Green Street. This comprises €270k under contract and the balance on undergrounding of services.

On completion of the current phase of works the total investment in the urban street scape in Callan since 2010 will have amounted to just over €1 million.


Council is awaiting Ministerial Consent under national Monuments Act as work is taking place in a zone of Archaeological Potential and adjacent to a national monument. The Council is also awaiting confirmation from Leader to proceed with the project but the approval should be forthcoming shortly. The contract has been advertised and a letter of intent has issued to a contractor. The total cost of the proposed works is €352,000.


The Council is awaiting Ministerial License under national Monuments Act as work is taking place in a zone of Archaeological Potential . The Council is also awaiting confirmation from Leader to proceed with the project but the approval should be forthcoming shortly. The contract has been advertised and a letter of intent has issued to a contractor. The total cost of the proposed works is €333,000.

John Mulholland

Director of Services.

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