Chairman Michael Fitzgerald welcomed the handover of the Kickham Barracks site to Tipperary County Council at a ceremony in the Council chamber last week
“It gives me great pleasure to welcome Minister Coveney to formally signify, acknowledge and confirm the agreement in principle for the acquisition of the former Kickham Barracks site from the Dept of Defence to Tipperary County Council.
“This has been achieved following months of ongoing negotiations between officials of both bodies and the successful sale, represents a tremendous asset and opportunity for the development of this strategically located town centre site in Clonmel”, Cllr Fitzgerald said.
The chairman outlined the plans for the exciting development.
The comprehensive redevelopment of the Kickham Barracks site will provide the delivery of the following -
The provision of a new urban civic space to act as a focal point for recreational, celebratory and other events.
The provision of physical assets to address the current cultural deficits of Clonmel, to include a gallery/theatre with an expectation that these facilities will be shared amongst many different users.
The provision of new uses on the site to include education, cultural and civic uses together with commercial entities which may include start ups linked to the education providers and other high value uses that would complement the principle uses and have the potential to extend activity on the site beyond traditional business hours.
The creation of both visual and physical links from the site to both the town centre and the Showgrounds ensuring that the development does not act as a retail competitor but leverages real value for both.
The reuse and integration of structures on the site that are of special interest and the removal of other structures to allow for the development of contemporary new architecture that will continue the evolution of the site and complement open spaces and aspects.
The retention and public accessibility on the site of the two upstanding war/army memorials.
The overall development of the site as an open and permeable site with shared facilities, spaces and utilities
Cllr Fitzgerald thanks Chief Executive Joe McGrath, former Manager Billy McEvoy, Clonmel Borough District Director Sinead Carr, Fred Bradley, Principal Officer, Department of Defence and Michael O’Sullivan, Dept of the Defence and other Council officials for their efforts on the project.