Progress on Casino project
MALAHIDE is now just months away from seeing the completion of the refurbishment of the Casino building and the long-awaired return of the Fry Model Railyway Exhibition.
In a detailed update on progress on the project deliverd to the Malahide/howth Area Committee the council outlined what has been happening on the ground since Bright 3D Environmental Ltd were appointed to work on the railway exhibition in May 2018
The council said the team are now finalising the design concept for the exhibition which will include a large working model train display which will be housed in the main exhibition room including train displays designed to appeal both model train enthusiasts and children.
Model Rail Baseboards are currently developing the layout on behalf of Bright 3D.
Storyline who are specialists in exhibition content development are engaged on research and content development for the exhibition. The exhibition will cover various themes, including the stories of Cyril Fry, the Irish railway network, the Casino cottage at Malahide and the previous Fry working layoutat Malahide Castle.
Exhibition fitout and installation will follow the handover of the building from the building works contractor in February
A prior information notice has been issued on Etenders to inform interested parties that Fingal County Council intend to issue a tender for the operation of the museum.
Tender documents are being finalised for issue in November. It is intended that an Operator will be appointed in January 2018.
Laying out the costs of the €3.2 million project, the council informed the committee that acquisition costs and associated fees and charges came to €479,000 while site testing , surveys and Design Team fees and expenditure cost €97,000.
The lion’s share of the cost of the project went on the refurbishment and extension at the Casino Cottage which came to some €2,255,000.
The exhibition interpretation, design and installation is costed at €415,000.
The overall total projected expenditure on the project is €3,246,000. Almost have of that sum, at €1,500,000 will be paid for through a generous bequest from local man Michéal Gaffney.
The remaining €1,746,000 in funding comes from Fingal County Council.
Local councillors expressed their delight that the project has finall got to this stage and looked forward to the exhibition opening.