TOBIN Consulting Engineers is proud to be the lead consultant for the Institute of Technology Carlow’s new €15 million South Sports Campus Project. On Tuesday, 17th July 2018, the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, turned the sod on this significant development for the greater Carlow Region. The South Sports Campus Project will provide world-class training facilities for the South East and will also go one step further in consolidating this Institute of Technology’s position as one of Ireland’s leading locations for the provision of sport and physical activity.
The first phase of the project will deliver six full-size playing pitches, comprising one all-weather artificial GAA pitch, one grass GAA pitch, two grass soccer pitches and two grass rugby pitches. Works will also include LED floodlighting and a 1.6km looped walking trail.
Phase two, to commence next summer, will encompass a 400m athletics track and a pavilion building, to include changing rooms, meeting rooms and ancillary spaces. Phase One works are scheduled for completion in spring 2019; it is anticipated phase two works will be completed by spring 2020.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr. Patricia Mulcahy, President of Institute of Technology Carlow, explained that ‘today is a proud day for this Institute as we commence work on South Sports Campus. At a time when our sport and health policies are seeking to encourage people to take more exercise, South Sports Campus will ensure that Institute of Technology Carlow is the higher education institution of choice for students wishing to combine their academic study while participating at performance, competitive or recreational level in their chosen sports. The addition of South Sports Campus will also allow us to strengthen well-established links with national governing bodies and other local agencies and provide further health-enhancing sporting opportunities for communities across the region’.
The sod turning ceremony was attended by many collaborative partners, including representatives from TOBIN Consulting Engineers, the FAI, the GAA and Leinster Rugby. Elected representatives, education and sporting bodies, principals, guidance counsellors, staff and students were also in attendance.