This month, Careys Building & Civil Engineering completed an enabling, infrastructure and hard landscaping package of works for Westmeath County Council in Ireland.

Enhancing three town centre civic areas

As part of this 13-month contract, we were responsible for enhancing three civic areas in the town centre of Mullingar, as well as the roads that link them together. Additionally, this project aimed to reduce traffic volumes in Mullingar’s town centre by:

  • Prioritising the national secondary road (N52) as a viable, alternative route for motorists
  • Encouraging the use of sustainable transportation methods
  • Creating convenient pedestrian links from car parks to the town centre, which would make it easier for visitors to leave their vehicles and travel in on foot

Scope of works

One of the key factors that enabled us to successfully deliver this project was our pro-active, positive engagement with local residents, traders and members of the public in and around Mullingar. This allowed us to effectively communicate the overall objectives of the project, as well as keep them up-to-date about important programmed dates. Because of our clear communications process, we were able to achieve our scheduled completion dates.

Our scope of works on this project included the installation of:

  • 2,800m² of granite paving slabs
  • 1,900m² of granite setts (rectangular quarried stone used in road paving and walkways)
  • 200m² of granite tactiles (textured ground surface indicators designed to help visually impaired pedestrians)
  • 800m² of granite drainage channels
  • 1,500m² of granite kerbs
  • 700m² of concrete paving
  • 100m² of concrete setts
  • 7,000m of ducting

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020

It was recently announced that Mullingar has been selected as the venue for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann – the prestigious, annual Irish music festival which will next take place in August 2020. Last year, the event was held in Drogheda, Co Louth and welcomed approximately 400,000 visitors to the local town centre, featuring performances from approximately 10,000 musicians.

Pat Gallagher, the chief executive of Westmeath County Council, commented:

We are very proud to be part of this mammoth endeavour, and have pledged that all necessary resources will be made available to the organising team.

Chairperson of the Westmeath Comhatlas, Joe Connaire stated:

We are bringing the Fleadh back to its roots, back to where it all began, and back to where our great organisation was founded. Our bid was founded on positivity from the start.

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