Monaghan County Council has issued a tender for the construction of the new Bioconnect Innovation Centre. The centre, which was announced last year will allow local food companies to work closely together on problem solving in a non-competitive environment. Speaking at the launch in December, local Minister Heather Humphreys said the €5 million allocation would hopefully put Monaghan on the map as “The Food Valley of Ireland”.
Biotechnology will be used to create new products from a single raw material, and research the implementation of new science into existing products. Earlier this month, the local authority announced that a parcel of land in Knockaconny had been transferred to Monaghan Bioconnect CLG for the development of the centre.
And now a tender has been issued for a project manager to oversee the construction of the state of the art facility. The winning tender will also be tasked with seeing that the project is completed and fully operational by May 2021