Progress on Casino project

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.

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