Work commences to renovate Balbriggan Lighthouse. After several false starts finally the project to restore Balbriggan Lighthouse has begun. Our Man Tony hot footed to the harbour with his drone to capture these fantastic shots and under some spectacular atumnal sunshine.
It was around this time last year Fingal County Council admitted the project was taking longer than expected. Following a question raised at at a meeting of the Balbriggan/Swords Area Committee where Cllr Gráinne Maguire asked for update on 'completion of the dome on Balbriggan lighthouse and also to report on future plans for the bath house which is a state of disrepair and which urgently needs to be addressed'.
The response from then was 'Due to the complexity of this project it has taken longer than expected to bring it to a delivery stage. Extensive consultation with the conservation and architectural departments of the council was required to achieve a comprehensive design solution that was in fitting with the environment.'Consultation input was also collected from other statutory bodies such as Irish Lights, the OPW and the NPWS. Specialist design consultants were engaged in relation to the material selection, historic dome shape, structural elements and specific elemental design such as windows and glazing details Detail of the design and materials were finalised recently in consultation with a specialist firm of conservation architects and our consultant engineers have been briefed.'
A council report then concluded 'Drawings are drafted and the bill of quantities is almost complete and once this is signed off tenders can be invited. Once tenders are invited there begins a period of approx. 8 weeks before appointment of a contractor. Once commenced the build should take between 10 and 17 weeks.'
Both Cllr Maguire and Cllr Tony Murphy continued to request progress on the bath house also and we believe here at Balbriggan.net some funding has also been allocated to this ptoject recently.
We are delighted to see this work has now begun and the historic Balbriggan Landmark will soon become a beacon of attraction to the town.
Photos Courtesy of Tony Healy