Work is progressing well at the new Fairways retail complex on the Dublin Road.
Construction work began at the site in December when part of the old portion of the hotel was demolished.
Since then local firm Denis Williams Design Services have been busy clearing the site and erecting the steelwork for the new retail units planned for the site.
A digger demolishing part of the former hotel last December
Owners East Coast Catering, who acquired The Fairways hotel and its 5.8 hectare site for €2.5 million in June 2015 are proceeding with plans for a supermarket, retail units, bingo hall and creche on the site.
Talk of the Town reported in December how Musgraves had expressed an interest in opening a new SuperValu at the location.
It is also understood that 93 new housing units, comprising 49 townhouses and 44 apartments in four blocks, will be built on site, while the newer part of the hotel will be upgraded and reopened. The breakdown of this residential area would be 14 four bed houses, 17 three bed houses, 18 two bed houses, 35 two bed apartments and 9 one bed apartments.
An artist’s impression of how the revamped site will look
The Fairways Hotel, formerly the Glendevlin, was developed in two phases, firstly in the 1960s and subsequently in 2000.
The original 44 bedroom hotel, function room and nightclub consists of a three storey flat roof structure. Phase two was added 16 years ago and comprises a conference centre with six syndicate rooms, a large reception area and a three storey accommodation block comprising 56 bedrooms. The total footprint of the building extends to approximately 0.7 hectares (1.75 acres).
Around 80 jobs were lost when The Fairways was officially closed on January 5th 2015.