The existing building contains accommodation over two storeys with ancillary areas located within the constraints of a rear yard. The work will include the removal of unsympathetic additions/previous alterations, the construction of a new glazed lobby, a two-storey lift, a stair block within the rear yard, as well as the reconfiguration and refurbishment of the internal space to provide accommodation for an enterprise hub in partnership with South West College.
New facilities will comprise: a reception, an enterprise hub with multiple workstations, heritage gathering spaces, heritage interpretative areas, breakout spaces, meeting spaces, circulation areas, external courtyards, toilet and kitchenette areas, plant space, and ancillary accommodation. On completion the internal floor area will be approximately 500sqm.
During the construction phase, South West College will deliver a Heritage Education and Skills programme. This initiative will provide an opportunity to train construction workers in Heritage skills. Apprentices will also complete an NVQ Level 3 qualification in Heritage Skills.
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council’s consultants involved in the project include:
• Kriterion Conservation Architects – Architect and Principal Designer
• ESC Construction Consultants – Project
Manager and Quantity Surveyor
• RPS Group – Civil & Structural
• Semple & McKillop – M&E Consulting
• Desigmap – Interpretive Designer
Sean Mullen, Contracts Director at QMAC Construction Ltd, commented,
“This is a very exciting project which we are very much pleased to be delivering for Fermanagh & Omagh District Council. We view this project as particularly important as it involves the transformation of a building which is recognised as a central part of the history of Enniskillen.”