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Hawk’s Well Theatre Announces Winner Of Design Tender is Rhatigan Architects.

Hawk’s Well Theatre Announces Winner Of Design Tender is Rhatigan Architects.
16 March, 2021

The Hawk’s Well Theatre is delighted to announce that the design tender for extensive renovations of the theatre has been awarded. After a competitive tender process the tender has gone to Rhatigan Architects, with the design team being led by Director Trevor James. With Rhatigan Architects in place, plans for a large-scale renovation of the space have taken a huge step forward, to the delight of the board and management of Sligo’s cultural gem.

Although the theatre has some way to go to raise the final total and is actively encouraging donations, the announcement today offers a real ray of sunshine during what has been a particularly challenging year for the arts sector. With the venue closed to the public for most of the last twelve months due to the global pandemic, the news is a welcome boost for the arts, Sligo, and patrons, performers and supporters of the Hawk’s Well Theatre alike.

Formalising the arrangement, Trevor James from Rhatigan Architects and David Kiely from Jennings O'Donovon Structural and Civil Engineers met with Hawk’s Well Acting General Manager Jane Parsons.

Said Jane; “This is an important time for the theatre as we embark on the design phase of our ambitious renovation plans. We are delighted to be able to continue during these incred-ibly difficult times, delivering a programme of works to develop the building.

We miss our audiences and artists. We are very much look forward to opening our doors once again to welcome the public back into an improved Hawk’s Well Theatre.”

Trevor James, who is joined in their design team by Jennings O’Donovan and Patrick McCaul Mechanical & Electrical Engineers said; The Hawks Well is an important part of Sligo’s cultural landscape and we are delighted to be design lead on the next stage of its development. This project will ensure that the theatre is accessible to all of its patrons and makes a positive contribution to the urban fabric of Sligo”.

Hawk’s Well Theatre has been fundraising for the last half decade, in a bid to raise €1.37 million to secure the theatre for future generation. As well as their own efforts, the Hawk’s Well has secured two major capital grants; €550,000 from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and €105,000 from Sligo LEADER Partnership. Each grant stipulates that the theatre is required to provide match funding in order to access the funds. To date, €340,000 had been fundraised by the Hawk’s Well, thanks to initiatives including the €1 Renovation fee and the generous support from the public. €250,000 in funding has also been provided from Sligo County Council.

Designs will be available to view this summer, and these works will include a landmark re-build of the theatre’s entrance and extension to the foyer space. These renovation works aim to create a fully accessible space for all.

Although this element of the renovation plans are in the design stages, upgrade works have been ongoing throughout the lockdown period. These have included backstage improve-ments in dressing rooms and offices, essential equipment and auditorium upgrades.

Today’s news means that major renovation build works can commence, and although the process has suffered delays due to the global pandemic, work is expected to begin in ear-nest, with construction slated to start in January 2022.

There is however, still much to be done to reach the final financial target, and every cent raised is vital to bring the project to completion.

In order to support the renovation works, the theatre launched their Renovation Paton scheme 2017 which has proven to be a great success. Individuals, families or companies can contribute to the fund by becoming renovation patrons and donating funds across various levels of support. All Renovation patrons will be acknowledged in perpetuity within the ex-tended building and will become a permanent part of the Hawk’s Well history.

The theatre has welcomed the financial support many patrons to date including:

Platinum level: IT Sligo, Sligo BID, Sligo Tourist Development Association

Gold Level: Abbvie, Martin & Maggie Caraher, Michael Flatley, Tommy Higgins, Eileen & Ray Monahan, In memory of Mai O'Connor, The Power Family

Silver Level: AIB, Coolera Dramatic Society, Kilcawley Construction, LC Seating, Andrew McGowan/WB Yeats Society of NY, Dr Joseph & Patricia McKenna, SL Controls Ltd, Sligo Academy of Music

Bronze Level: Jenny Benito, Burke's Life Pharmacy, Marcus Choo & Mary Bresnihan, Dr Mi-chael Coleman, Thomas Connolly, Dr Jimmy Devins, Sean Feehily Funeral Home, In honour of Joan Fitzpatrick, Jennings O'Donovan & Partners, Kearns Centra, The Mall Family Practice, Danny McGeever, The O'Dowd Family, Shaun Purcell, The Quinn Family Foundation, Kieran Quinn, Damien Tansey Solicitors, TomChem Pharmaceuticals, West Coast Orthodontics

The Hawk’s Well Theatre is encouraging businesses and individuals to donate to the fund-raising effort. If you would like to support the Hawk’s Well’s future by giving a donation or become a renovation patron, please contact Jane Parsons at jane@hawkswell.com.

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