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2.5m creative industry hub to be established in Bushmills courthouse

Thursday, 21 September 2017

2.5m creative industry hub to be established in Bushmills courthouse thumbnailBushmills Courthouse, built in 1834 by the Macnaughten family

THE historic courthouse in Bushmills is to be transformed into a centre for creative industries.
The 2.5m project is the brainchild of the Causeway Enterprise Agency which acquired the 183-year-old listed building last year.
It has not been used as Petty Sessions Court since the early 1900s when it was converted to a house and has been unoccupied since the late 1960s.
When the refurbishment and modern extension are complete it will become a permanent home for local designers and craftsmen and women with studio space, a shop for selling their products and cafe facilities.
Chief Executive Jayne Taggart told the Chronicle the courthouse could also become an attraction for the million-plus tourists who pass through Bushmills every year.
“We want it to be a hub for the creative industry sector, incubating small companies including the digital and the wider creative sectors," she said.
“And we have a vision for a first class retail offering carrying local designer makers' work. It's also about creating an experience for the public and the tourists. So there will also be a high-end coffee shop.

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