South Tipperary County Council has signed contracts with Clancy Construction for the construction of a multi-purpose Research & Development and Enterprise centre at Ballingarrane, Clonmel. The value of the design and build contract is in the region of â‚¬3m.
The multi-purpose centre, being developed in partnership with Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT), will comprise of R&D laboratories, classroom/training and incubation space for new start up enterprises in the Life Sciences and food science sector.
The centre can be adapted to meeting changing user requirements and will include high quality video conferencing facilities and will align with LITâ€™s Document â€œVision & Strategy to 2020â€ as part of its commitment to the development of enterprise within the Munster region.
LIT has well-established processes to facilitate such development and has facilities in Limerick and Thurles within which start-up enterprises can be incubated and supported.
County Council chairman John Crosse welcomed the development. â€œWe are delighted with this new announcement for Clonmel and the county, especially at a time when the promotion of job creation in science and technology is of the utmost importance to the economy of the region and countryâ€.
County Manager Billy mcEvoy added - â€œThe new centre will be a key player in South Tipperary County Councilâ€™s strategic vision to develop Clonmel as a hub for the life sciences and food science sectors, supporting incubation and start up/spin out enterprisesâ€.
Dr. Maria Hinfelaar, President of Limerick Institute of Technology, said - â€œLIT is delighted with the partnership that has enabled this project to come to fruition. It fits perfectly with our vision and strategy to provide active leadership in education, enterprise and engagement.
â€œWe look forward to welcoming many promising new ventures to the Ballingarrane Centre, which will be the 6th such centre associated with LIT in the Munster region.â€
Mr. Pat Clancy, MD Clancy Construction, said that winning this contract was important to the company as the construction industry is going through a very difficult period at this time.
â€œWe are delighted to be involved in such an exciting development for Clonmel and the region. We look forward to working with our own design team led by RKD architects and with both South Tipperary County Council and Limerick Institute of Technology to bring this project to a successful conclusion for all the stakeholders involvedâ€.
Final design and planning stages of the project will take six months with construction expected to commence in mid 2013 and the targeted date of completion is the second quarter of 2014.