Leitrim County Council invites expressions of interest from Building Contractors to construct an extension, to refurbish the Old Jail Block and to enlarge the car park at their existing County Buildings at Aras an Chontae, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim.
The floor area of the Old Jail is c. 400 sq.m and the area of the proposed extension is c.1600 sq.m (800 sq.m per floor on 2 levels)
The extension will accommodate a mixture of singular and open plan offices in addition to meeting rooms, a conference room, a staff canteen and ancillary toilets, plant room, comms room etc.
At ground level, the Old Jail will function as the public concourse between the Aras and the extension and will also accommodate three small consultation spaces. On the upper levels, the Old Jail will provide offices and informal meeting areas.
The Old Jail is connected to the stairs and lift core of the extension at each level in order to ensure universal access and to improve fire safety. This is achieved by altering a window on the east gable at each level to a door opening to access a short link element to the extension.
It is proposed to remove the cement render from the north, east and west facades of the Old Jail and to re-plaster these walls using lime render in order to alleviate the dampness in the masonry.
The new extension is contained within the confines of the historic prison as still delineated today by the sections of low stone wall within the north car park.
In view of the good understanding of the historic layout of the site, it can be anticipated that below ground remnants of the old prison structures will be unearthed during the course of the works and any such remains shall be recorded and preserved in-situ.
It is also possible that human burials will be revealed and the appropriate protocols will be followed in such circumstances.