Athlone Chamber in collaboration with Enterprise Ireland, IDA, Westmeath Co Council, Athlone Institute of Technology, Industry representatives and supported by funding from the Just Transition Fund have this week published a Tender Document to carry out a Concept, Design and Feasibility Study into the development of an Athlone Digital Hub and Co-Working Centre. The ambition of the Group is to realise a flagship project that will provide facilities for up to 200 digital & remote workers in a town centre location.
The study will look to create a centre that caters for open plan workspaces, training and development facilities and shared services to enable start ups and micro businesses to grow and prosper. The centre will also have the highest possible sustainability standards.
The feasibility study will be carried out in a number of phases. Phase 1 will undertake a Needs Analysis Review to assess demand and also the ongoing viability of the centre. Phase 2 will assess suitable buildings and cost designs.
Gerry McInerney of Athlone Chamber states that once Phases 1 and 2 are completed and achieve a positive result, phase 3 will involve developing a Business Case and a Funding Framework to complete the project. This proposed Centre would be aligned to the recently published Government National Remote Work Strategy.