Signing of contracts for the “ transformational ” Virginia Civic Center
The integrated civic center will include a new library, additional theater space at the Ramor Theater and a multi-purpose shared space for civic events.
Cavan County Council has signed contracts with Demac Construction Ltd. for the delivery of the flagship Virginia Civic Center project.
Funding of € 3,963,525 was secured for the project under the Rural Regeneration Development Fund, through the Department of Rural and Community Development. The total cost of the project, an ambitious and transformative city regeneration project in central Virginia Town, will be 5.3 million euros, with funding of 1.3 million euros coming from Cavan’s own resources. County Council.
The integrated civic center will include a new library, additional theater space at the Ramor Theater, and a multi-purpose shared space for civic events – both indoors and outdoors – to meet the needs of all departments that s ‘find there and the community at large.
This includes the development of a new three-story building that includes a community library, meeting rooms and event / exhibition spaces that can be used by the library and theater, as well as a tourist information service. and a range of other activities. The complex has been designed to provide a high level of multifunctional and flexible space.
The old parish house, located next to the theater, will be transformed to offer a ticket office and office space as well as a digital suite with an interactive tourist information system. Upstairs, this building will be converted into a multi-use space.
The existing theater will be modernized and connected to the new ticket office and library, thanks to the construction of a common foyer that will provide access to the civic center and connect the three elements.
A civic space will also open access to the lakefront, the marina, the Virginia Show Center, Virginia College and the recently redeveloped lakeside park.
Cavan County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Cllr Sarah O’Reilly said the project “will be transformative for Virginia Town and its hinterland”.
“This impressive facility will act as a civic and community center in this vibrant city and help stimulate investment in the city and stimulate local businesses. Now that the contracts have been signed, I look forward to seeing the project progress over the next few months. “
Cavan County Council General Manager Tommy Ryan said, “This project will leave a lasting legacy for this town and its people. Current and future generations of young and old alike will reap the benefits of improved library and theater facilities, while the civic space and tourist information center will help boost business and investment in the city. city ”.
“I want to thank all of the project partners who have assisted Cavan County Council, including our own Cavan County Library Service and Ramor Theater, as well as the Virginia Show Center Committee and Virginia Town Team,” added Mr. Ryan.
Director of Housing, Libraries, Cultural Services, Human Resources and General Services Eoin Doyle said, “The Virginia Civic Center will be a huge asset to the city and to East Cavan. This will help rejuvenate the downtown area and is a great vote of support for the city. A lot of work has been done to bring the project to this point, and all of those who have contributed their skill, determination, energy and enthusiasm deserve immense credit. Special thanks to County Librarian Emma Clancy, Theater Director Ramor Padraic McIntyre, Arts Officer Catríona O’Reilly, John Wilson, Senior Engineer and their teams. I especially want to thank our advisers and members of the Oireachtas past and present, who have all been huge supporters of the Civic Center project ”.