A contract was signed yesterday between Cork County Council and a consortium, fronted by PJ Hegarty & Sons Ltd.
The site will be partially turned into a walking/jogging circuit and numerous picnic areas.
The site is the former home of a steelworks plant which was in operation for over 60 years until it’s closure in 2001.
The government appointed the council as agents over 5 years ago to begin the clean up of the 22 acre site, as the steelworks had formerly used parts of the ground as a dumping area.
Planning permission was approved or the site back in 2014, to turn the area into a tourist attraction which will include, as mentioned above, picnic area’s, jogging circuit, viewing points, car parks, and a playing pitch.
A waste licence was approved re4cently by the Environmental Protection agency, which means plans can now be put into action.
The cost of the development is estimated in the excess of €61 million, though it is expected it will cost more.
Works are expected to commence soon, and will go on into late 2018.
Minister Creed, who was present at the annoucing of this deal said, "I am delighted that the tender process for this crucial step has been successfully concluded and that we can now look forward to the core remediation work at Haulbowline Island being addressed. The Government is committed to remediating Haulbowline Island and the East Tip is one of the most important aspects to be addressed”.