Roscommon Arts Centre Build Project on Course for Completion Spring 2019
The signing of the contracts for the re-development of Roscommon Arts Centre took place recently at Roscommon County Council’s corporate Headquarters. The Galway based firm FVG Construction were awarded the contract for the project, with the Tullamore based firm, Kenny Lyons Associates appointed as Architectural Consultants.
Funded by Roscommon County Council, with support from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, the development will address the current accessibility issues associated with both the gallery and workshop, with new purpose build accessible spaces. The renovations will also see existing spaces at the centre re-developed and re-imagined and dramatically change the façade of the building.
On completion Roscommon Arts Centre will boast a new ground floor purpose built visual art space and a large first floor workshop space, while the existing visual art gallery will be re-developed to incorporate two new artist studios, that will link directly to the first floor workshop space.
The entrance to the building will be upgraded and the extended foyer will see both the box office and bar areas re-positioned, enhancing the visitor experience to the centre. Backstage the Green Room will be extended and improved and a third dressing room will be built, dramatically increasing the amount of space available to performances with large cast numbers.
The venue continues to operate during the refurbishment programme, with the box office re-located to Aras an Chontae for the duration of the build. It is anticipated that the project will be completed late Spring 2019, with internationally renowned Roscommon born artist Brian O’Doherty confirmed as the opening exhibition and Druid Theatre Company making a welcome return to the stage as part of a programme entitled “8 Degrees West”, which is a programme being developed to co-incide with the opening of the new centre, celebrating Roscommon born artists.
From left to right back row as follows:
Peter K. Lyons, Kenny Lyons Associates Architects;
Joe Breslin, Kenny Lyons Associates Architects;
Averyl Dooher, Acting Arts Officer, Roscommon Arts Centre;
Martin Lydon, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council;
Adrian Kielty, Acting Atlantic Economic Corridor and Economic Regeneration Officer, Roscommon County Council
Kieran Madden, Senior Engineer, Roscommon County Council
From left to right front row as follows:
Eugene Cummins, Chief Executive Roscommon County Council
Ivan Connaughton, Cathaoirleach of Roscommon County Council
Val Gorham, Director at FVG Construction and Maintenance Ltd.
Majella Hunt, Director of Services, Roscommon County Council
Glynn’s Photography, Castlerea.
This project is part-funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
Tá cuid den obair athchóirithe seo maoinithe ag An Roinn Cultúir, Oidhreachta agus Gaeltachta.