€2 million contract signed for major works at Mallow Castle and town parks

Pictured are David Bosonnet, Partner Brady Shipman-Martin, Cllr Pat Hayes, Chair of Mallow Kanturk Municipal District, Cllr Liam Madden, Niall O’Meara, MD Vision Contracting Ltd, Cllr Tony OShea, Mayor of County Cork Cllr Mary Linehan Foley, Cllr Gearoid Murphy and Mary P Hayes, Executive Officer Cork County Council visiting Mallow Castle on Friday last after the signing of contracts for improvement works at Mallow Castle Park, Mallow Town Park and the Spa House Park. Photo by Sean Jefferies Photography

Cork County Council has signed contracts to the value of almost €2 million with Cork-based Vision Contracting Ltd, signalling the beginning of major works for Mallow, including improved access, parking, a playground and associated site works at Mallow Castle, plus an integrated park network between the castle, town park and Spa Park. The work includes the development of existing gardens and historic landscape at the castle and the two parks. Work will begin immediately and is envisaged to be completed by mid-2021.
The proposed development includes new public access to Mallow Castle/House with a new vehicular and pedestrian entrance at the northern boundary with Castlepark. 28 car-parking spaces will be developed, including child-friendly and disabled access spaces. Accessible pathways are to be constructed from the entrance through the former walled gardens to grounds of Mallow Castle/House, and an inclusive public children’s playground amenity will be put in place. Repairs, conservation and restoration works to existing remnant stone walls, walled garden features and glasshouse will also be undertaken, as will the provision of new boundary fencing, gates and planting within former walled gardens. Supporting locational and wayfinding signage, seating and services will be provided for an enhanced visitor experience.
Mayor of the County of Cork Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley said, “This project will deliver an incredible amenity area for locals and visitors alike, enabling everyone to connect with the regions rich heritage and natural beauty. Mallow is often considered the gateway to North Cork. With the completion of these works, it will be widely regarded as a destination in its own right.”
Cork County Council Divisional Manager James Fogarty noted, “The investment of nearly €2 million in Mallow by Cork County Council represents a huge step for both the council and for the residents and businesses of North Cork. This amenity will support an excellent quality of life locally and stimulate economic growth throughout the county, becoming yet another national and international destination in the years to come. Combined with our investments in the region in terms of transport, housing and public realm, this development will make Mallow a centre for community, cultural and economic growth for years to come.”