Ardgillan Castle Ltd is a not for profit company formed by Fingal County Council in 2010 to control activities within the public amenity of Ardgillan Castle. The board of directors is comprised of members of local community in the Balbriggan, Skerries and surrounding area and it is in this “community” context that the board has been assembled.
The project was to carry out a feasibility study on the currently inaccessible areas of the castle to determine what would be the best use for these spaces as tourism and community ventures. The spaces include two large courtyard, and the west wing of the house which has two floors, these latter spaces will be referred to as the Servants’ Quarters and the Laundry. The feasibility study needed to outline the best use for these spaces which would sympathise with the current business objectives and operations.
The aim was to utilise the currently inaccessible areas of the property to allow for increased acces to the castle and development of tourism offering whilst also creating further engagement with the community through utilisation and animation of these spaces- The areas include spaces that could be for community, retail and tourism related activities. An auditorium/event space and performance space desired outcomes from the study. Opportunities for income generation and funding are key factors for the study to consider that any developments needing capital works are feasible.
For more information about Ardgillan Castle please visit their website https://ardgillancastle.ie/