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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.

Current Status: Community Library & Education and Training Centre

Regen Kinnegad Tracker

A short promotional video clip of the proposals can be viewed by clicking on the link below.

 

Cooney Architects in a joint venture with Keys Monaghan 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 Approval was approved at the December 2020 Council Meeting.

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 Regeneration Team in collaboration with the Longford Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) and local community groups with the aid of CAKMJV architects have now completed the detailed design of the Community Library, Education and Training Centre and Public Realm.

The Two -Phase Tender Process for the construction of the Community Library, Education and Training Centre and Public Realm commenced in March 2022.

Current Status: Town Park and Community Facilities

Current Status Planning Regeneration

An online Community Assessment Needs Survey to inform the deign process for the town park and community facilities commenced on the 13th October 2021 and closed on the 29th October 2021. This consultation process will directly inform the concept designs for the Community Facilities and Town Park.   

 

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