Contractor appointed to deliver works for Bushmills Courthouse project


From left: David Hamilton, Managing Director, Martin and Hamilton Construction; Dr Andrew Molloy, Project Architect, Hamilton Architects; and Jayne Taggart, CEO Enterprise Causeway

Hamilton Architects welcome the appointment of Martin and Hamilton Construction for the delivery of works for The Courthouse Shared Space Creative Hub in Bushmills.

The project will restore and extend the derelict Grade B1 listed Georgian building into a three-floor creative hub which will be open to communities throughout the Causeway Coast and Glens Borough area.

Jayne Taggart, Chief Executive of Enterprise Causeway, said: “This is another exciting step in this project’s development, as we inch closer to bringing this much-needed facility to Bushmills.

“Over the course of the next few months, and into 2023, locals and visitors will really get to see it taking shape, both structurally and sustainably, as the creative hub it was intended to be.

“In conjunction with the build, and to ensure that when finalised it is used by all, we will be running a number of stakeholder engagement forums over the next year, covering areas such as heritage, arts and community space.”

When completed, the facility will promote arts, culture, heritage, and artisan food and crafts, as well as provide facilities for individuals and groups through its workshop, meeting and events spaces.

Project Architect Andrew Molloy of Hamilton Architects said: “We look forward to working with the Martin and Hamilton Construction team to tackle the challenges of renovating, conserving and extending this iconic historic building in the heart of Bushmills.

“It promises to be a rewarding phase for the design team, who have been working towards realising this project for the past two years.”

Funding for the project has been provided under the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme (managed by Special EU Programmes Body), with match-funding from  Department for Communities, Northern Ireland and Department of Rural and Community Development, Ireland.