Ballinasloe Area Community Development (BACD) finally received planning permission to convert the Old Bank Chambers on Society Street into a Co-working and Remote Hub working space.
The proposal will see the 6,000 square foot premises being converted into state of the art remote working hubs catering for more than 40 people, including six hot desks, 16 offices (with capacity for between one and seven people), three meeting spaces, one meeting room, canteen and toilet and shower facilities within the three story building.
The design team which was appointed in quarter one of 2022 are currently finalising tender documentation with contractors to be sought over the coming weeks through the government tendering website www.etenders.gov.ie as per protocols set out in the funding received from the Just Transition Fund.
The works will include the installation of energy efficient lighting, heating, ventilation, installation on new internal and external doors and windows, internal partitions, floor and ceiling finishes, full furniture fit out and highspeed broadband installation.
Seamus Duffy, Chairman BA.C.D. stated “once the building is renovated it will offer flexible, high quality serviced office space for local entrepreneurs to co-work, to meet and to collaborate with each other and will offer remote workers (currently working from home or in other locations) a long-term solution. It will attract people into the town centre which will have a positive spin off for our town centre businesses”.
“This has been the result of hard work and prudent management of the last 20 years by successive boards of directors in managing all previous state grants for job creation and town development, through our charitable community development Company.” explains Seamus.
Seamus also stated there is already huge interest by local businesses, entrepreneurs, and remote workers, who have all formally expressed an interest to being located in this innovative space when it is operational in quarter two of 2023
BACD company manager Lyn Donnelly is currently managing the project in conjunction with the design team and all queries in relation to the project or the rental of the enterprise space can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or (090) 964 6516.
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