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Enniskillen Workhouse Transformed

Enniskillen Workhouse Transformed

A £2.3m+ project to restore Enniskillen Workhouse, which is a Grade B2 listed Victorian building, has been successfully completed.

The building, now part of Erne Campus, has been repurposed as a heritage centre and business enterprise hub.

The work comprised of demolition of unsympathetic extensions, the installation of a new passenger lift and stair extension, a new glazed roof covering to a courtyard, as well as sensitive conservation work.

The project was initiated by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in partnership with South West College, and supported with funding from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

As part of the project, South West College ran an NVQ Level 3 Heritage Skills (Construction) qualification. Participants undertook training which involved work placements at Enniskillen Workhouse. Kevin Boggs, a bursary holder on the programme, was a finalist in the Construction Employers Federation (CEF) Apprentice of the Year Award 2022.

Jack Bothwell, Contracts Manager at QMAC Construction, commented,
“This project involved the transformation of a building which is recognised as a central part of the history of Enniskillen. We drew upon our extensive experience in the heritage sector to ensure the conservation work complemented and retained the character of the original design. We are delighted with the finished result. This project is an excellent example of how an old building can be restored to become an asset to a local community. We would like to thank everyone involved in the project including our dedicated supply chain.”

Included in the photograph on the day of the official opening are (left to right):
Jack Bothwell – Contracts Manager at QMAC Construction, Gavin Morgan – NEC Project Manager and Director at ESC Construction Consultants, Rhona Quinn – Managing Director at QMAC Construction, Peter Quinn – Operations Director at QMAC Construction, Jennifer McBurney – Architect at Hamilton Architects, Brendan Mahoney – Site Manager at QMAC Construction, and Paul Millar – Partner at Hamilton Architects.

To read more and view further photographs of the completed project, click here.