The Kickham Barracks site in Clonmel was formally handed over to Tipperary County Council on Tuesday by the Minister for Defence Simon Coveney, paving the way for the area to be developed as an educational, cultural and civic quarter.
It is envisaged that the 4.5 hectare site, vacant since March 2012, will accommodate a new garda headquarters, a third level LIT campus to include teaching, incubation spaces and potentially a residential element, a new theatre and the provision of a new urban civic area to act as a focal point and space for recreational, cultural, celebratory and other events.
The plan will incorporate public access to the site providing a link between the town centre and the Showgrounds.
The new Minister for Defence Simon Coveney visited the Kickham Barracks site on Tuesday afternoon and signed the agreement for the handover of the site at the County Council offices. The Minister said it marked an exciting new chapter for the site which had a very proud history.The sale,said the minister,represented aninvestment inthe future.He said the master plan being prepared would continue to keep the facility and infrastructure at the heart of Clonmel
Tipperary County Council will be the co-ordinating party for the redevelopment of the site on behalf of the Education & Training Board, An Garda Síochana and Limerick Institute of Technology.
Minister of State Tom Hayes said it was a significant day for Clonmel.
”The site provides the council with an unique opportunity to redevelop this centrally located site for the benefit of the town and create a new urban quarter which will be a focal point for educational, cultural and civic activities .
“The economic impact of this project to Clonmel cannot be underestimated.” said Minister Hayes who thanked Minister Coveney for expediting the transfer of the barracks.
Council chairman Michael Fitzgerald said - “The site due has the potential to impact positively upon and influence the development of Clonmel and county well into the future” he said .