Railway Park and Ballysaggart Lough – Feasibility Study

Client: Mid Ulster District Council

The Challenge

To prepare a Feasibility/Business Plan for the proposed continued development of Railway Park and Ballysaggart Lough linking them as passive leisure/recreational resources, taking advantage of the proximity of the current facilities.

The Role

We undertook the delivery of the following components:

  • Strategic Context – undertake an examination of how Railway Park and Ballysaggart Lough development proposal contributions to local and national policies.
  • Assessment of Need – including:
    • Assessment of the quality of existing visitor experiences and services
    • Collaboration of findings of public consultation previously undertaken by Council – this included public meetings, one-to-one consultation and questionnaire
    • One-to-one consultation with Key Council and Community Stakeholder to ensure current development proposals are meeting the need.
    • Benchmarking of similar projects to identify potential for success.
  • Investigation into the extension of the current Railway Park proposal to provide a greenway link to Ballysaggart Lough – this should include:
  • Concept Trail Design
  • Identification of innovative options to enhance the visitor experience
  • Identification of risks and constraints to delivery of the recommended outputs from the feasibility stage
  • Identification of indicative capital costs for development and/or upgrading of infrastructure / visitor services
  • Identification of ongoing revenue costs associated to management structures, staffing and maintenance
  • Identification of potential funding opportunities and lead on the workup of a DRAFT APPLICATION to submission stage.


Project Partners

R.Robinson & Sons