Contract signed for Phase 2

Contract signed for Phase 2 O’Connell Street Enhancement project

Contract signed for Phase 2 O’Connell Street Enhancement project Back Row: Tom Kilfeather, Director of Services; Brian O'Rourke, Director, O'Connor Sutton Cronin and Associates (Consulting Engineer); Colin Wilson, Associate, OCSC; Councillor Declan Bree; Niall McGrath, Senior Resident Engineer; Ken Murtagh, Site Technician; Tom Brennan, Senior Engineer; Paul O' Rourke, Project Engineer
Front Row: Chief Executive, Martin Lydon; Councillor Rosaleen O'Grady; Mayor Councillor Arthur Gibbons; Finbar Fox, Director, Fox Building and Civil Ltd.; David Minton, Director, Northern and Western Regional Assembly

Sligo County Council is delighted to confirm that the Contract for Phase 2 of the O’Connell Street Enhancement Project has been awarded to Fox Building and Civil Ltd.

It is anticipated that the contract will commence in Quarter 1 of 2022.

Funding was confirmed by the Department of Housing under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF) as part of Project 2040. This funding combined with the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) will facilitate the completion of this flagship project for Sligo City.

Phase 2 will continue the design principles that have been applied in Phase 1. Phase 2 consists of approximately 180m of existing roadway and footpaths along O’Connell Street, Lower Knox Street, Hyde Bridge, Fish Quay and Wine Street in Sligo. It is envisaged that the new street scape provided in Phase 1 will continue from O’Connell Street in both an easterly and westerly direction to Wine Street and lower Knox Street respectively. Works will also extend along Fish Quay towards the entrance of the Glass House Hotel. This approach will provide a seamless transition from one street to another, further adding to the pedestrian experience.

The works involve the construction of widened footpaths using granite paving and the narrowing and resurfacing of the existing roadways. The works incorporate the construction of a new surface water drainage network and connection to the existing network, the construction of new ducting infrastructure for utility services, and the provision of road markings, street furniture, and signage. The Project will provide an upgraded junction at Wine Street/O’Connell Street/Lower Knox Street incorporating new controlled pedestrian crossings.

Mayor Councillor Arthur Gibbons said

‘The next phase of the O’Connell Street project is welcomed by local businesses and their customers, in addition to enhancing the appearance of our town centre, it also provides improved safety measures for vulnerable road users.’

Director of Services Tom Kilfeather said

‘Phase 2 will continue to incorporate innovation by providing substantial measures to cater for future smart technologies that may be employed for the exchange of data in the city area. These include the provision for connection of Wi-Fi on the Street, gathering real-time environmental data, and monitoring pedestrian and traffic movements.’


O’Connell Street Enhancement Scheme - Phase 2 - Scheme Layout (PDF) - 1,750 kbs  PDF
O'Connell Street Enhancement Project - Phase 2 - Details (PDF) - 1,406 kbs  PDF
Image Left-Right: Mayor Councillor Arthur Gibbons: Finbar Fox, Director Fox Building and Civil Ltd.; Chief Executive Martin Lydon and David Minton, Director, Northern and Western Regional Assembly