Visitor Centre options appraisal and feasibility study, County Roscommon

Visitor Centre Feasibility StudyClient: Roscommon County Council
Planning Solutions Consulting was commissioned by Roscommon County Council to carry out a feasibility study for a new visitor centre. The project proposal was to create a new visitor experience utilising the space and buildings on a former machinery repair and storage depot and adjacent Bord Na Mona peat extraction site. The commission involved assessing the feasibility of developing an experience, which tells the story of the area from the monastic settlement to the first trackways across the bogs to the eventual industrial development of the bogs as Ireland’s main energy natural resource.

Our work included: A review of the development site to identify key constraints and opportunities; a review of the strategic and planning contexts; an analysis of the market place – identifying key trends which could impact on the development options; consultation with a number of stakeholders, and identifying a range of development options and assessing these, including providing a commentary on the financial opportunity / viability of each option. However, given the rural location and nature of the site, its relative remoteness and distance from major centres of population and limited available size of the market, the feasibility study concluded that the site had low potential at this stage to create a new attraction that would generate a high level of usage and engage with a broad range of user groups.

How can we help?
If have any questions about carrying out an options appraisal and feasibility study for a visitor centre in the Republic of Ireland or UK please  don’t hesitate to call Richard Linington on 07866 742628 or email