Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (1592)

Jack Chambers


1592. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of the development of a velodrome at Abbotstown sports campus; if a design has been completed for the velodrome; if the construction has gone out to tender; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35712/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of sport, increasing participation at all levels and raising standards, including the development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus at Abbotstown.

Under the National Development Plan 2018-2027, €16m has been committed to develop a National Velodrome and Badminton Centre at the National Sports Campus in 2020 and 2021. The proposed facility will comprise a 250-metre cycling track, 12-16 Badminton Courts in the in-track area, spectator seating and ancillary facilities including office space.

Preparatory work on the National Velodrome and Badminton Centre is underway. In July 2019, Sport Ireland appointed project managers and a design team to carry out a detailed review of the project. Initial work will focus on a review of the existing planning permission, granted in 2015, to assess suitability and fitness for present and future purposes. Thereafter, the design will be updated and a tender package will be compiled with a formal tender expected to take place in early 2020 with commencement of construction expected in Q3/Q4 2020.