DONEGAL County Council is seeking tenders for an architect-led design team capable of delivering a major regeneration project in Rathmullan.
The scheme is being progressed in partnership with the voluntary community group ‘Rathmullan The Way Forward’.
The services will be procured to develop the project from its current feasibility stage through all necessary statutory consents and documentation so as to ensure progression of the project to a shovel ready status as a capital works project. In the fullness of time and subject to securing capital funding, the selected consultants will be required to progress the project through detailed design and construction supervision to final certification and handover.
Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District, Councillor Donal Coyle said, “I welcome the collaboration between Donegal County Council and The Way Forward Group and I am looking forward to working with the council, the community and the design team in the development of this exciting regeneration project for Rathmullan.”
The project aims to strengthen and enhance the physical, cultural, social, tourism and economic capacity of the town and to act as a catalyst for increased activity within it. The project will be rooted in the principles of heritage restoration, town centre renewal and rural regeneration in transforming landmark and under utilised assets at the historic core of Rathmullan.
Specifically the project will focus on two of the key built heritage assets in Rathmullan: The Napoleonic Gun Battery and Rathmullan Abbey, both of which are protected structures.
The renewal and repurposing of the gun battery will function as a new village square ‘Battery Place’. A new Museum of Atlantic Culture and Heritage will also be developed as an iconic and landmark centre piece of the project.
Welcoming the progression of the project a representative of Rathmullan The Way Forward Group said: “This heritage-led regeneration project has the potential to further elevate Rathmullan as a destination in its own right. It will make the town a more attractive place for residents an visitors and will support and incentivise existing and prospective business and will animate the renewal of the town.”
Tender documents are available on https://www.etenders.gov.ie/ and the closing date for receipt of tenders is May 17.