A new era for Kilkenny: work on landmark Abbey Quarter development begins
CONSTRUCTION on the landmark Abbey Quarter in the heart of Kilkenny city will get underway next week.
Work is due to commence work to bring the Brew House back into use. Meanwhile the upgrade to public space along Horse Barrack Lane and the creation of Brewhouse Square to the rear of the Brewhouse building will also get underway.
Mythen Construction has been appointed to carry out the works following a public tendering process.
A spokesperson for the company confirmed they are ready to commence work “immediately”.
The spokesperson added: “We are delighted to be appointed Main contractor upon this exciting project and look forward to working with Kilkenny Abbey Quarter Development Limited and their appointed Design Team in successfully delivering the restoration of the Brewhouse building, Kilkenny said Leonard Daly Director Mythen Construction Limited.”
Jason Clerkin, Chief Executive Officer of the Abbey Quarter Partnership, said he expects the building will be ready for fit-out by Summer next year.
Billy Murphy, Chairperson of the Board, says he is “delighted to see work commence”.
Kilkenny County Council chief executive Colette Byrne said plans are progressing to convert the Mayfair, the former Ballroom, into a public library in tandem with works on the Brewhouse plans.
Ms Byrne said: “Subject of planning, work should commence on the Mayfair conversion early in 2020. By late Autumn this year work to construct the Riverside Park and Skateboard area will be underway. Following much planning, many reports and studies, planning approvals and tendering processes the site will be a hive of activity by year end.”
The council CEO added the announcement marks “a really positive day for Kilkenny” and acknowledged the work of the elected members of Kilkenny County Council to get to transformative project to where it is today.