Carlow IT granted planning for Phase Two of sports campus which will include 400m athletics track

Phase Two, to commence next summer, will encompass a 400m athletics track and a pavilion building

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Minister Richard Bruton turns the sod on Institute of Technology Carlow’s new €15 million South Sports Campus

Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton TD turned the sod on Institute of Technology Carlow’s new €15 million, 31-acre South Sports Campus

Carlow IT has been granted planning permission for Phase Two of its sports complex. 

Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, turned the sod on Institute of Technology Carlow’s new €15million, 31-acre South Sports Campus on July 17.

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.

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. 

The latest planning application relates to the second phase of the previously permitted sports pitches development and Carlow County Council granted permission for Phase Two on September 13. 

This planning application related to a new pavilion building (1,241 sq.m), maintenance building (300 sq.m) with yard enclosure, ESB substation/switch room (28 sq.m); a 400m 8 lane synthetic running track, long jump and track enclosure, 30m long synthetic cricket area, new boundary wall along the western boundary where the site fronts the public road and the drilling of well(s) on site with ancillary irrigation tank for irrigation of the pitches.

It also included an application for lighting to the walking track previously permitted and minor revisions and adjustments to site layout and parking layout to include six additional car parking spaces to permitted car park permitted under the previous permission and the addition of 104 carpark spaces to service the now proposed pavilion building and all ancillary services/associated landscaping works.

Situated 1km from the Institute’s main campus on the Kilkenny Road in Carlow town, South Sports Campus will be a world-class training facility, consolidating Institute of Technology Carlow’s position as one of Ireland’s leading third-level institutes for the provision of sport and physical activity.