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The West Cork Arts Centre (WCAC) was established in 1985 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. The facility creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with, local and global arts practice of excellence.


MMD is constructing a new purpose-built facility for the arts in West Cork at the site of Wolfe’s Bakery, off Townshend Street, Skibbereen. The new arts space will provide a quality arts facility and a new social space for the community, enhanced workshop, dance, performance and film club facilities and improved exhibition space and studio spaces for artists. It will continue to focus on the visual arts and provide a centre for excellence in the visual arts at local, national and international levels.


It is certainly a very exciting time for West Cork Arts Centre, local residents and visitors alike with a significant and growing demand for its arts, education and community programmes and services.


MMD have commenced work on the WCAC new state of the art purpose-built facility. This expansion will open up an abundance of opportunities, and will have a very positive impact on the aesthetic, cultural, social, economic and educational fabric of the region.


Enabling works for new Arts Centre completed in Skibbereen


The site itself contains sections of a partially derelict four storey Bakery building which was constructed during the 19th Century. The building and site was the subject of an Enabling Works Contract which demolished the majority of the structures on the site. Currently on site there are three masonry walls of the original Bakery standing up to first floor level. All timber floors have been removed. Refer to Casey O’Rourke Associates Drawing No. S900 for details of adjoining buildings and current site conditions. The Contractors attention is drawn to the adjoining buildings beside the walls that are to be retained when scaffold is installed for access to the external face of the Bakery wall to be retained.


Wolfe’s Bakery has been demolished to ground floor level with the boundary walls of the building remaining in place until construction of the new building for West Cork Arts Centre began in March 2011.


MMD will install a temporary access bridge across the Caol Stream to provide access to the site of the works for the duration of the Contract.


Scope of Works


The scope of works is briefly summarised below;


Installation of temporary bridge over the River Caol to facilitate access to the site.


Retention of remaining walls of the Bakery building and making good.


Installation of piles to support new construction to site.


Construction of reinforced concrete ground floor and concrete lift shaft to five stories along with three storey concrete walls in parts of the building.


Erection of structural steel frame commencing at roof level in the form of cantilevering trusses from which the lower structure is suspended under.


Cladding of building with insulation and Corten steel cladding.


Repair and rendering of existing Bakery walls.


Installation of windows, stairs, roofing membranes, services and finishes.


Installation of pedestrian bridge over Caol Stream.


Construction of new boundary wall to stream.

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