As contained in the planning application section of this website Fingal County Council has registered plans for the redevelopment of Howth Castle by Tetrarch Capital and local man, Michael Wright.
According to the applicants the aim of the project is to “restore Howth Castle to create a major leisure, food, and retail experience and to secure its future for generations to come.”
“A joint planning application has been lodged with Fingal County Council for a €10m redevelopment of the Castle and its grounds, with major conservation and restoration works planned to convert the Castle into a key tourist destination.”
It is understood the Michael Wright Group has taken a 25-year lease on the Castle and the surrounding grounds, which is set to see the establishment of a prime destination venue for Howth. The redevelopment will also include a 150-seat restaurant, a revamped cookery school, a gin-making school and a range of retail stores.
It is understood that the amenities including picnic, play areas , a falconry and a garden centre will be designed to sit within the existing structures and Castle grounds in order to maintain a link between its heritage and planned usage. The National Transport Museum will also remain in on the site , whilst a 150-seater marquee will be located to the south of the Castle.
Michael McElligott, Chief Executive of of Tetrarch said: “The unique history of Howth Castle is central to our ambition to create a very high-quality tourist and leisure destination for the estate. Our approach will provide access to the Castle, its stableyard, walled gardens and grounds and an array of new amenities.”
Local man Michael Wright said he was “passionate” about Howth Castle’s redevelopment. “I am working closely with Tetrarch to ensure the integrity of the castle is improved and preserved,” he said. “We expect this to become a key destination on any tourist’s travel plans and to provide a regular social outing spot for the great many locals whose support our group has enjoyed for years.”
This is the latest element in Tetrarch’s plan to redevelop the estate. In December, Tetrarch wrote to 40 councillors in Fingal to seek their support for rezoning 12 acres for the construction of 195 senior living residential units and 50 affordable homes for first-time buyers.
It is anticipated 150 new jobs will be created when the redevelopment is completed, with 100 people employed during the construction phase.
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