The former Ulster Bank is a landmark building in Edgeworthstown, Co. Longford, located at the North of the Main Street, it is a protected structure built in the Queen Anne Revival style. It ceased operating as a bank in 2017, and was acquired by a local community group; CO:WORX, with a view to creating a Digital Hub in Edgeworthstown. The new facility will provide vibrant collaborative and co-working spaces, acting as a launch pad for innovative start up businesses and new entrepreneurs in the local community.
Craftstudio Architecture are the lead consultants on this innovative project, which will commence on-site in Summer 2020. Works include the extensive renovation and upgrade of the existing building, and an extension incorporating a training centre and remote learning facilities.
The aim of CO:WORX is to stimulate economic growth in the locality, providing the latest technological advances allowing people to return to work in their community, increase spend in the local economy and strike a better work/life balance. The facility will provide multi-functional space providing High Speed Broadband, Hot-desk facilities, dedicated desks, office suites, business training, mentoring and facilities for people to develop ideas and business.
Refurbishment works to the existing building will include the upgrade of the thermal fabric of the building and the incorporation of renewable energy technologies creating visually impressive, bright and spacious contemporary workspaces.