The Old Courthouse Creative Hub

The Old Courthouse

Enterprise Causeway has a long-term vision is to support creative businesses, to re-energize the community, create new jobs and build a new peaceful and a prosperous economy in Bushmills and in January 2019 secured €5.1m capital funding (through Interreg Peace IV funding) to design and deliver the Creative Hub project at Bushmills Courthouse.

In the hub we will create a space where like-minded designer makers will cluster together to make, market, educate, support, collaborate and build a strong vibrant creative sector.

The hub will feature a café, work space for 14 businesses, event and retail space and will deliver activities and workshops that will bring people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities together and raise their aspirations of what’s possible when we work together creatively and collaboratively.

Using our passion for culture, heritage art, crafts, food, tourism and creativity we aim to open the community to new ideas and provide the skills and creativity we need to drive change, create new jobs and stimulate economic growth.

History of the Courthouse

Bushmills Courthouse was built by the MacNaghten family of Dunderave Estate in 1834, to serve as a Petty Session Court and as a symbol of authority in the area. It is a Grade B1 listed building of significant heritage value. This prominent building, at the heart of Bushmills Conservation Area, has been empty since the late 1960s and was acquired by Enterprise Causeway in 2016.

Work on The Courthouse will commence in 2020. The project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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