Contract awarded for Kinnegad library and training centre

Westmeath County Council have awarded the contract for the Kinnegad Community Library and Education and Training Centre to Coolsivna Construction Ltd.

The contract will restore and extend the Old School House in Kinnegad.

Pat Gallagher, chief executive of the council, said they are “eagerly anticipating delivery of this first phase of the Kinnegad Regeneration Plan which, in partnership with the Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) will provide a modern library, with a variety of community spaces, a changing places facility and amenities”.

It is the first of a number of amenities to be delivered by the regeneration team in Kinnegad, said Mr Gallagher.

David Jones and Blathnaid Cox, Westmeath County Council; Neill Hanly, LWETB; and Mary Stuart, county librarian, Westmeath County Council; (front) Frank Cooney, CAKMJV architects; Liz Lavery, chief executive, LWETB; Cllr Aengus O’Rourke, cathaoirleach, Westmeath County Council; Pat Gallagher, chief executive, Westmeath County Council; David Ruane, Coolsivna Construction Ltd; and Deirdre Reilly, Westmeath County Council.

Cllr Aengus O’Rourke, cathaoirleach of Westmeath County Council, welcomed the contract signing as a significant investment in Kinnegad. “I look forward to the completion of this project, which will give a huge improvement in terms of social and economic development.

“The co-operation of the council and the LWETB is welcome and the return of the Old School House in Kinnegad to full use as a community library and education and training centre will provide a springboard for the regeneration of Kinnegad.”

LWETB chief executive Liz Lavery said her organisation was pleased to be involved and looked forward to “the delivery of essential education and training in a revitalised and re-imagined School House”.

Mary Stuart, county librarian, Westmeath County Council said a modern community library providing quality services and amenities, far beyond that of the traditional library, will support and strengthen the community of Kinnegad.

This project is funded through Project Ireland 2040 and the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund (RRDF) from the Department of Rural and Community Development.

Westmeath County Council’s Regeneration Project team said they are grateful for the patience and understanding of businesses and citizens throughout the period of the works and will communicate any key information through the council website and social media channels as the project progresses.