The construction of a new multi-purpose sports arena in Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has been given the go- ahead following a proposed 5.2 million investment.
WIT has signed a construction contract to complete the final phase of the multi-purpose sports arena building by mid-2016. The building will be located at WIT's West Campus, Carriganore.
 
Students starting at WIT in September 2016 will be the first to fully benefit from the sports facilities on offer, which include “up-to-date, modern and scientific sports facilities, gymnasiums and teaching and learning lecture rooms for staff and students."
 
It also includes a ‘great hall’ for large scale events, in addition to a several physiotherapy rooms and an elite strength and conditioning unit.
 
It’s promised that the completed facility, which has seen a €16.3 million investment since 2009, will, “play an important role in promoting a healthier, active lifestyle in the region.”
 
“The Carriganore facility will provide WIT students with sports facilities to match the best in Europe. We are also committed to providing access to these resources to local clubs, societies and schools. It will play an important role in promoting a healthier active lifestyle in the region,” President of WIT, Professor Willie Donnelly, said.
 
Chairman of Diverse Campus Services, Mr Frank O’Regan, said that the project, “will create many exciting possibilities for the WIT community.”
 
“I speak for the Directors, Management and Staff of Diverse Campus Services in welcoming this great opportunity at Carriganore. Diverse Campus Services has a strong tradition of supplying excellent new services to the WIT community, and this arena building will create many exciting possibilities,” he explained.
 
Tom O’Brien of Tom O’Brien Construction said he was “delighted” to work with WIT on the project, adding that it, “will be a major boost to his company, Waterford city and the region.”
 
Henry J Lyons Architects also welcomed the construction of the prestigious landmark building.
 
“The completion of the facility at Carriganore will benefit the students and staff at WIT and will also benefit wider Waterford and south east region. The multi-functional nature of the facility means a broad range of events and sport related facilities will be available to the Institute and the wider community at a very accessible location in Waterford,” stated Turlough Clancy of Henry J Lyons Architects.
 
The project is expected to be completed in mid-2016, with the proposed 5.2 million investment allocated to the construction and fit out of the sports arena building.