Athlone Chamber in collaboration with Athlone Institute of Technology, Westmeath County Council, Enterprise Ireland, IDA, industry representatives and supported by funding from the Just Transition fund have this week published a tender document to conduct 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 and 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 business to grow and prosper.
The centre will also have highest possible sustainability standards. The feasibility study will be conducted in a number of phases.
“Phase one will undertake a needs analysis review to assess demand and also the ongoing viability of the centre. Phase two will assess suitable buildings and cost designs and once both phases are completed and a positive result achieved, Phase 3 will commence to 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,” Gerry McInerney, CEO, Athlone Chamber, stated.