Up to 700 jobs could be created as proposed £30m international motorsport centre set for Coalisland
A proposed £30m international motorsport centre could create up to 700 jobs in the latest Lake Torrent development in County Tyrone.
The project was launched this week and is set to transform 163 acres of former clay pits in Coalisland into a ‘world-class motorsport complex with a championship racetrack and motorsport training centre for Northern Ireland’.
An official statement at a media event on Wednesday said up to 80 part-time and temporary positions will be required to provide ancillary services such as security, engineering, promotions and marketing, with significant spin-off benefits for local retailers, transport and accommodation providers.
It also claimed approximately 25 full-time jobs will be created on completion of the project to run and maintain the track on a daily basis ‘with an additional 50 staff required on race days’.
Earlier this month, Mid Ulster District Council granted planning permission for the first phase of work which includes the race circuit, pits, medical centre, restaurant, hospitality suites, six business units and a crèche, as well as a new public ring road to bypass the town and facilitate easy access to and from the Lake Torrent centre.
It is anticipated that this first phase will be completed in early 2019, with plans for a second phase of the development including a further 90 retail and business units, and a range of community and leisure facilities including a hotel, cinema, theatre and more food outlets.
Talks are also ongoing to develop an apprenticeship programme that will offer specialist skills training on-site across a range of engineering disciplines including welding, fitting and the building and servicing of motorcars and bikes.
Lake Torrent is the brainchild of Manna Developments founder and motor-racing enthusiast David Henderson. Speaking about the development Mr Henderson said: “This is
“This is a historic day for the town of Coalisland, the county of Tyrone and for the whole of Northern Ireland as we finally start preparatory work on Lake Torrent, a dream of mine that has been 15 years in the making but is now a reality. I would like to offer my thanks for the incredible support of the local community, and in particular to local MP Francie Molloy, without whom we would not be standing here today, and Mid Ulster District Council for listening to and considering our proposals which admittedly must have seemed very ambitious to all concerned. Together our vision is to regenerate Coalisland and the surrounding areas through the creation of an internationally recognised motorsport arena which will become a venue for regional, national and international competitions, aiming ultimately to host events like SuperBike and Saloon Car Championships, attracting up to 30,000 spectators per event.”
British motorsport design firm Driven International Ltd has been appointed as the race track designer, working alongside a number of local companies including Contract Ground Services (CGS), Clarman Architects, McWilliams & Co Quantity Surveyors, and Maneely & Co Estate Agents.
The track is expected to be an FIA and FIM approved 3.6km (2.2-mile) undulating course, offering 12 turns and a mix of technical and high-speed sequences, accompanied by supporting facilities such as pit garages, spectator and hospitality areas.