The winning design for the original tender. Image: Archimation/Donaghy+Diamond

THE West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) have announced that a new tender process for their new building will go ahead this year.

The move follows the failure of last year’s competitive tendering process to secure a successful outcome and will be based on a revised building specification.

The location for the proposed new building is on the now cleared site of the old Wolfe’s Bakery in the heart of Skibbereen.

Ann Davoren, Director of the WCAC said, “We are really pleased to be going ahead after the setbacks of last year.”

The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has confirmed their continued support for the project and Cork County Council remains strongly committed to the project.

Sean O’Ceallaigh, Chairman of the WCAC Board said, “It was unfortunate timing and a very frustrating experience from our point of view to be in the market during such an unstable period in the construction sector.

“We are hopeful that we will be successful on our second attempt and we will be reducing the specification for the building to accommodate the additional costs we will now incur by having to repeat the process and to reflect the more straightened budgetary environment of the arts centre and of our funders”.

This tendering process is expected to take six months and and all going well a contract could be signed before year-end.

The construction phase is estimated to take 15 months with the new building expected to open to the public in 2014.

“It will be a significant and much needed development for the arts in West Cork, positioning Skibbereen and West Cork as a hub of cultural activity and innovation,” said Ann Davoren.


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