Sherwood and Associates were initially engaged as Tourism and Business Planning consultants by Fingal County Council to prepare a plan for submission to Failte Ireland for the Redevelopment of Malahide Castle and Demesne into an Integrated Flagship Tourism Development capable of acting as a “Honey Pot Destination” for the County. Fingal County Council appointed an internal team of Architects, Planners, Quantity Surveyors, Engineers, and Heritage Specialists to work with S&A on preparing the plan for submission.
The application process was spilt into two parts
A Master Plan for the site was developed. This was presented to Failte Ireland, discussed and an approval ‘in principle’ was secured for the project by S&A from Failte Ireland with a grant sum of €3.75 million ring-fenced. This allowed the project team time to develop detailed plans with the security of knowing funding was in place for the project.
Involved the detailed planning of the development, the recruitment of specialist advisors, the securing of planning permission, matching finance and commercial partners; along with full grant approval from Failte Ireland. S&A project managed this phase. The project is currently on site and is due to be completed by June 2012. Phase III involves S&A being retained to act as Tourism & Business Advisors during this period.