Tullamore Community Arts Centre has moved on to the next stage with the signing of the design contracts between the Board of the Arts Centre and A2 Architects, which took place last Thursday January 26.
Chairperson Desmond Doyle said “Signing the contracts represents a significant shift in pace now, and will allow the project to progress to planning phase within a matter of weeks.
“People may have wondered why this process took a number of months, but this is a complicated procedure and we wanted to be sure that we are entering into a watertight agreement to protect the finance being generated by the community and the public funding we have been allocated.
“Nobody would have thanked us for rushing into this without serious deliberation to all aspects of the design team and delivery, fees and health and safety considerations.”
The next steps include topographical site surveys and a Part VIII planning process. All going smoothly, it is expected the tender process for construction will be advertised in the summer. The construction tender will be open to all local qualified contractors and will be advertised through the appropriate public channels.
Meanwhile the fundraising draw is in its final stage and the draw teams are encouraging anyone who wishes to purchase a ticket to do so during the month of February.
The draw is expected to raise approximately €160,000 towards the capital costs, which is a huge achievement in this climate.
The board would like to acknowledge the mammoth efforts gone into this project, particularly by Paddy Fenning, Fionnuala Corrigan, Mary Roche and Sheila McDermott and the many others who are selling tickets for the centre.
Many arts groups are also planning fundraising events during the year, suggestions for events and activities should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org so that they can be co-ordinated to maximize their impact.
In the meantime, progress on the project can be followed on the official website www.tullamorecommunityartscentre.ie or on Facebook (follow the link on the website).