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Kinnegad Regeneration

Vision

To regenerate the heart of Kinnegad Town, restoring its vitality and vibrancy by delivering social infrastructure, as outlined below, thus creating a sustainable and viable Town Centre that will encourage and support the local economy.

Key Benefits

The Rural Regeneration and Development Fund requires that the final project delivers a cohesive and integrated development that is designed to: -

  1. Deliver a modern Open Library facility and Education and Training facility, including multi-functional spaces to serve the needs of community groups, will address the unsustainable deficient socio-economic facilities, required to serve the community and groups, displaced due to the closure of the original premises in 2017.
  2. Deliver a bespoke Town Park with community facilities to meet the needs for the wider community, young and old.
  3. Enhance the town environment through positive placemaking and public realm interventions to assist in the socio-economic development of the area.
  4. Restore a sense of identity and civic pride to Kinnegad and regain the attractiveness of Kinnegad as place to visit, work, study and live

 

Kinnegad Regeneration Vision

Figure 1: Kinnegad Regeneration Programme

 

‌Together with the Community Library and Education and Training Facility, the overall programme comprises 3 distinct projects:

  1. the refurbishment and extension of the old National School and Principals House on Main Street and the provision of a Community Library, Education and Training Centre at that site.
  2. the provision of Community Facilities and a Town Park at the former Community Centre and surrounding lands on the Athlone Road.
  3. the provision of enhanced Public Realm.

 

Community Library Education and Training Centre

Figure 2: Community Library & Education and Training Centre

Current Status: Community Library & Education and Training Centre

Kinnegad Regeneration project tracker graphic

Cooney Architects in a joint venture with Monaghan Key Architects (CAKMJV) were appointed on the 31st of July 2020. This architect led design team will deliver the Community Library, Education Training Centre and Public Realm from Part 8 to construction.

Part 8 Planning was approved at December 2020 Council Meeting.

The Regeneration Team in collaboration with the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) and local community groups with the aid of CAKMJV architects are continuing to progress the detail design of the Community Library, Education and Training Centre, Town Park and Community Facilities.

In April 2021 Westmeath County Council secured €7.6M in Rural Regeneration and Development Funding, with matched funds from Westmeath County Council a total budget of €8.5m is available to deliver the Kinnegad Regeneration Project. This project is funded under Project Ireland 2040. The Two -Phase Tender Process for construction of this element commenced in March 2022.

Current Status: Town Park and Community Facilities

Current Status Planning Regeneration

An online Community Assessment Needs Survey to inform the design concluded in October 2021. Westmeath County Council Regeneration Team will update the Kinnegad Community Forum, and other interested parties, in relation to the outcome of the Community Needs Assessment Survey and the progress made to date on the Kinnegad Regeneration Project.

The Agenda items will include:

  • A presentation by Westmeath County Council (WCC) on the Community Needs Assessment Report
  • Project Progress update by WCC on
    • (a) Community Library and Education and Training Centre,
    • (b) Town Park and
    • (c) Community Facilities
  • Followed by a Q & A session.

 

The meeting is scheduled to take place from 7.00pm – 9.00pm on 23rd Feb 2022.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register by clicking on the link and complete the Registration form

Registration for this event closes on 15th Feb 2022.

Register Here

 

The Regeneration Team can be contacted at

Regeneration Project Team,
Westmeath County Council,
Áras an Chontae,
Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath. N91 FH4N
Tel. 044-9332000
Email: regen@westmeathcoco.ie