Tender documents have been issued by Tipperary County Council for the design of the proposed Youth and Further Education & Training Centre to be based at Dan Breen House in Tipperary Town.
The project is a collaboration between Tipperary County Council, Youth Work Ireland Tipperary, and Tipperary Education & Training Board, and is supported by the Tipperary Town Revitalisation Task Force as a priority action under the Revitalisation Action plan.
The project will aim to provide the infrastructure to support a range of youth programmes and education and training opportunities in Tipperary Town and will target supports towards people from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds in particular.
Dan Breen House, spanning approximately 12,000 sq. ft is believed to have been constructed circa 1900 and is a Protected Structure. The building served as civic offices but has been vacant for several years and needs substantial refurbishment and modernisation.
The tender issued is to recruit a multi-disciplinary team to bring the project to shovel readiness where an application will be made for capital funding for construction works.
The progression of this project to design stage follows on from the recent completion of the Tipperary ETB Construction Skills Training Centre in the town. The Centre on the Bansha Road will offer courses in high demand trades such as dry lining, plastering, retrofit skills and pre-apprenticeships. The centre was officially opened by Minister for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD earlier this week.