We Are Vertigo has been a big hit in Belfast. Is it set to come to Dundalk?
The company behind ambitious plans for a new 4,540sq ft multi-activity adventure sports complex, a project that has been in the pipeline for a number of years, have been granted conditional planning permission by Louth County Council.
The latest bid from Handlova Ltd, trading as Cooley Spring Water and run by the Ballaverty, Riverstown-based McSloy family, is the second successful planning application lodged for the sporting facility, which is set to become the second We Are Vertigo centre in Ireland alongside the company's Belfast site.
A previous application was granted in early 2016, before An Bord Pleanala overturned the appeal.
A second attempt to push the project through the planning stage was disrupted last Autumn after the local authority deemed a new application incomplete. Handlova Ltd returned and their latest attempt has once again been granted conditional permission to go ahead.
The complex, which is to be located at Redcow on the Old Newry Road, will consist of 'an indoor multi-activity adventure sports complex (4540 sq.m ground floor area with 555 sq.m mezzanine floor area and with maximum overall height of 21.45m) with car parking, landscaping and associated site development works including demolition of a non-habitable derelict
cottage and outbuilding.'
The Dundalk outlet would seek to replicate much of what it has to offer in Belfast - which would include a trampoline park, adventure centre, an indoor skydiving centre and assualt courses. The planning application also includes a spa, gym and restaurant on site.
It is understood the project would cost an estimated €7.1 million to complete, should it be granted permission to do so. It could create up to 120 jobs.
At the original time that Handlova Ltd announced their intention to open a new We Are Vertigo in Dundalk, it was expected it would be complete and ready to open by early 2017. The company said they chose Dundalk due to it's close proximity to both Dublin and Belfast.
Described as one of 'Europe's largest indoor trampoline parks', We Are Vertigo in Belfast opened just over three years ago and is run by Gareth and Lorna Murphy, the latter being connected to Handlova Ltd directors Brian McSloy Jnr and Michael McSloy through family.
We Are Vertigo currently over 100 staff at its Belfast site, where there is also a luxury spa and a licensed ski-themed restaurant.
The AirBound Tramoline Park at the North Link Retail Park opened it's doors in January 2016.