Thursday 3rd June 2021:           John Sisk & Son is delighted to be involved as main contractor with the redevelopment of Avondale Forest Park, Co. Wicklow. The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media Catherine Martin TD and Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity, Pippa Hackett TD were among the guests on site this week at Coillte’s Avondale House and Forest Park, Rathdrum, County Wicklow for the formal turning of the sod to kick off the project.

This €16 million project, a partnership between Coillte, Fáilte Ireland and EAK (erlebnis akademie AG) will transform Avondale into a unique family attraction and a key new destination in Ireland’s Ancient East.

Coillte Avondale House and Forest Park main attractions include:

· A new 38 metre (c12 storey high) wooden viewing tower offering visitors a spectacular 360-degree views of Avondale Forest Park and the surrounding countryside. It includes an innovative slide that will delight adults and children alike.

· A unique 1.2km Tree Top walkway with breath-taking views of Avondale’s diverse forest. Both of the above structures will showcase the use of high quality Irish wood for large scale construction projects.

· The park will contain a Visitor Orientation Hub with a new café and renovated courtyard buildings.

· The walled garden will be re-juvenated for garden lovers to enjoy.

Sisk is pleased to be part of another iconic tourism project having completed the Center Parcs project recently in County Longford, which was also on land originally owned and managed by Coillte.