Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is on the lookout for a design team to transform part of Enniskillen Workhouse into a new £1.9 million business and heritage hub
The integrated consultancy team chosen for estimated £200,000 contract will design and deliver a major regeneration of a Category B2-listed entrance block which is all that remains of the original 1844 complex.
The project will create a new ‘flexible and dynamic’ workspace to support emerging businesses and entrepreneurs within the George Wilkinson-designed 465m² building which is currently ‘at risk’ and in need of urgent repair. A heritage centre will also be created to tell the story of the former workhouse which once housed up to 1,000 people at a time.
According to the brief: ‘The key aim of the Enniskillen Workhouse Project is to physically restore the Entrance Block of Enniskillen Workhouse, bringing approximately 5,000 square feet of floor space back into use. Having been most recently used as an administrative centre for the former Erne hospital, there will be a significant body of work needed to remedy the alterations the building has been subjected to over the years.
‘Following a sympathetic restoration, the building will serve two distinct functions: The main activity will focus on enterprise workspace for the support and development of high value business ideas. Secondly, recognising the importance of the history of the building and the story it has to tell, part of the ground floor space, more specifically, the Master’s Room, will be restored and retained as a space to tell the story of the workhouse. This will include interpretative design and fit out at delivery phase.’
Originally known as the Enniskillen Union Workshouse, the complex was one of 160 workhouses in Ireland built by the Poor Law Commissioners’ architect George Wilkinson to house people in financial distress.
The Victorian building closed in 1948 and large parts of the site were demolished in 1964 to make way for the new Erne Hospital. Fermanagh and Omagh District Council purchased the entrance block following the closure of the hospital three years ago.
The remaining site is being transformed into a new £25 million campus for South West College by Hamilton Architects which is planned to complete in 2020.
The latest project will restore the surviving structure and create a new business incubator space and heritage area for exhibitions and displays.
The winning team will be expected to include a project manager, conservation architect, civil engineer, quantity surveyor, landscape architect, structural engineer and other disciplines.
The deadline for applications is 12noon on 15 February.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Fermanagh and Omagh District Council
2 Townhall Street
BT 74 7BA
Tel: +44 3003031777