The Shannon Pot, the source of the River Shannon in west Cavan.

Tenders issued for major Cavan projects

Cavan County Council has begun the first steps on two major development projects in the county.

Following on from the approval of the €6.4m project, the local authority is looking for designs for the planned Shannon Pot Discovery Centre in the Cavan Burren.

It has issued tenders for an architect-led integrated design team for the major west Cavan project.

Fáilte Ireland announced in June that it was approving the long called for visitor centre and putting forward €4.8m in funding. Another €1.6m is to be provided by the local authority.

The plans include a new visitor discovery centre, interpretive trails from it to the Shannon Pot itself, an elevated viewing platform and a bridge to cross the River Shannon.

Also included are works within the Cavan Burren Park itself to include the enhancement of the existing facilities, including the Visitor Centre, upgrades to the car parking, development of an elevated walkway and a viewing platform.

Plans for an outdoor amphitheatre are also included.

Cavan County Council has issued the call for the design team for the project to consist of an architect, engineers, archaeologist, ecologist and other specialisms. Also included are audio visual design specialists and landscape architects.

The deadline for submissions is January 24.

Sports Centre

Separately, tenders have also been issued for the design of the planned Cavan Regional Sports Centre.

A joint project between Cavan County Council, Royal School and the GAA County Board, the campus will be an indoor facility with synthetic pitch, outdoor floodlit multisport 3G pitch, GAA pitches and an athletics track with grass inset.

Facilities for soccer and rugby, basketball and hockey, badminton, tennis and athletics are also to be included.

The overall project is expected to cost over €28m.

This tender process has two steps, with the top five applicants being shortlisted before a second tendering process begins.

The Council has again requested designs, a calculation of costs and a number of other measures to be contained in any submissions.

The value of the contract is said to be in the region of €1.4m. The process for submissions closes on January 21.