Casino to open in 2019

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

THE first quar­ter of 2019 is set to be the open­ing date for the newly re­fur­bished Casino build­ing in Malahide and re­turn of the Fry Model Rail­way to Malahide, in­side the re­vamped build­ing.

In an up­date given to coun­cil­lors on the Malahide/howth Area Com­mit­tee, Fin­gal County Coun­cil said that en­abling works for the ex­cit­ing tourism project were com­pleted in July and Au­gust.

Among those works was an ef­fort to pro­tect the build­ing’s roof and erecte a site hoard­ing to se­cure the ex­ist­ing cot­tage which will re­main in place un­til the con­struc­tion works are com­plete.

Ten­ders have been sought for the ex­hi­bi­tion de­sign and de­liv­ery and an ap­point­ment is ex­pected in Novem­ber, 2017. It is ex­pected that the de­sign of the ex­hi­bi­tion lay­out will be avail­able in March 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to the coun­cil, work is well ad­vanced on de­vel­op­ment of ten­der doc­u­men­ta­tion for the full re­fur­bish­ment and ex­ten­sion works.

Ten­ders are ex­pected to be in­vited through a new her­itage con­trac­tors frame­work which has re­cently been ad­ver­tised and will be op­er­a­tional by Oc­to­ber which should allow ap­point­ment of a con­trac­tor in 2017.

The coun­cil said: ‘This is a sig­nif­i­cant re­fur­bish­ment project and it is ex­pected that the works will take 12 months to com­plete on site, fin­ish­ing end of 2018.The fit-out and com­mis­sion­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion will be fol­low on con­tract and should take four weeks to com­plete, which should allow the open­ing of the re­stored build­ing and Fry Model Rail­way in Q1 2019.’

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