Plans for Brideshead sports fa­cil­ity

Jan­uary 2009

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

PLANS FOR the pro­posed sports fa­cil­ity at Brideshead in­clude five play­ing pitches, an ath­let­ics track, eight dressing rooms, a large sports hall, func­tion rooms and enough park­ing for 300 ve­hi­cles.

Fe­lim Dunne of BCDH Ar­chi­tects (Bu­dron Craig Dunne Henry) made a pre­sen­ta­tion of the plans to the sit­ting mem­bers of Wick­low Town Coun­cil on Mon­day. The con­sul­tants are on the verge of lodg­ing the plans with Wick­low County Coun­cil as the site at Brideshead is out­side the town bound­ary.

The plans come in two phases, with phase one in­clud­ing club­house and sports hall as well as a large se­nior pitch with a nat­u­ral fin­ish, an all-weather ju­ve­nile pitch and an­other nat­u­ral pitch. A stand will also al­low fans view games on the se­nior pitch, while also al­low­ing spec­ta­tors view games on the ju­ve­nile pitch to the back of the stand. The sports hall would be the size of a bas­ket­ball cham­pi­onship court, with an area with bleach­ers al­low­ing for up to 200 spec­ta­tors. When the bleach­ers aren’t in use, the area can be cleared to make way for two squash courts.

Mr. Dunne added, ‘We have had a pre-plan­ning meet­ing with the County Coun­cil and they were very en­thu­si­as­tic about the project. The main is­sues were in re­la­tion to drainage and roads.’

St. Pa­trick’s GAA Club have al­ready ex­pressed an in­ter­est in pos­si­bly re­lo­cat­ing to Brideshead, though the lo­cal soc­cer clubs be­lieve the pro­posed pitches are too far away from the cen­tre of town.

If St. Pat’s were to re­lo­cate then that would free up their cur­rent site, though Town Man­ager Michael Ni­chol­son warned there was no point get­ting too car­ried away un­til the plan­ning process has reached a con­clu­sion.

‘We haven’t looked at the cost, who will run it or what con­tri­bu­tions will be made. First we will need plan­ning per­mis­sion. Then we can look to see what grants are avail­able and if we can get spon­sor­ship.’

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