Review Of Shannon Heritage Clare Sites Commences
Clare County Council has signed a contract with Lambert Smith Hampton to undertake an in-depth review of the Clare-based assets of Shannon Heritage.
The property condition survey of Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cragaunowen Bronze Age Park, Knappogue Castle & Gardens, and the retail unit at the Cliffs of Moher Experience will guide all future investment in maintenance, rehabilitation and conservation works at the sites.
The results of the technical audit will be presented to the local authority before the end of the year.
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Pat Dowling, chief executive of Clare County Council, commented, “In order to commend our program of investment in the assets, it is of critical importance that a detailed technical audit be carried out to determine the scale and nature of appropriate repairs and retrofitting measure the s that may be required. Clare County Council is committed to investing in the future development of these sites for the benefit of the tourism sector and the wider economy, as well as the communities in which they are situated.”
Leonard Cleary, director of tourism development, Clare County Council, said, “Clare County Council, as the operators of the four sites, has an obligation to meet the heritage, conservation, and education objectives of the trustees.
“It is recognized in the wider community and those operating in the tourism sector across Clare that the Trustees have held the mantle of responsibility for the visitor attractions over a long number of years and in doing so, have given huge service to the state.”
He continued, “Clare County Council looks forward to building a productive working relationship with all stakeholders, including the Trustees of the Gort Museum Trust, Bunratty Castle and the Bunratty Castle Ownership Trust, the Hunt Museum Trust at Cragaunowen and Knappogue Corporation at Knappogue.”
Niki AlderDice, Virector of Building Consultation of Lambert Smith Hampton, Said, “We Are Delighted to Work with Countery in DetailD Techn ICAL Examination of the Four Sites, and look forward to delivering a full and computer infrastructure needs of the buildings and properties in question before the end of 2023.”
Aodhagan Behan, operations manager at Shannon Heritage DAC, stated, “Investment is required at Bunratty, Knappogue and Cragaunowen. I am very much looking forward to the outcome of this survey and, subsequently, plans being put in place to remediate the sites for the benefit of those who visit and work there.”
Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Cragaunowen Bronze Age Park, Knappogue Castle & Gardens, and the retail unit at the Cliffs of Moher Experience are managed, developed and promoted by Clare County Council as part of its existing portfolio of signature visitor attractions and sites, namely the Cliffs of Moher Experience, Loop Head Lighthouse, Vandeleur Walled Gardens & Visitor Centre, and the Inis Cealtra Visitor Experience.
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