SHANNON Development has now put in place the design team for the €5.6 million redevelopment of King John’s Castle with works due to commence in the spring.
Contracts have been awarded for specialist architectural services, quantity surveyors and for exhibition design and mechanical and electrical design consultants.
Limerick firm Healy and Partners beat two other tenderers to provide an architect with specialist skills for the tourism project.
Contracts have also been awarded to Ennis-based quantity surveyors Lawlor and Partners, one of 15 firms to bid, and to Cork firm Malachy Walsh and Partners, one of 10 companies which expressed an interest in the mechanical and electrical design elements of the project.
And the interpretive designers for the project will be Tandem Design from Holywood, County Down, which beat off competition from three other bidders. The northern firm has experience of heritage and tourism projects at locations such as Armagh Cathedral, Dunluce Castle and the National Library of Ireland but describes the King John’s project as one of its biggest to date.
“We’re delighted to have been appointed to reinterpret Limerick’s King John’s Castle and turn it into a must-see attraction for the south-west,” a spokesman for Tandem said, saying there already been “a great exchange of ideas” at the first meeting of the wider project team.
*A full version of this story appeared in the Limerick Chronicle, edition Tuesday January 3, 2012