Plans for new national design centre in Kilkenny town take major step forward
Plans to convert an iconic county Kilkenny building into a national design centre have taken a major step forward after the local authority put the project out to tender.
Kilkenny County Council has given the green light for initial development work for The Sessions House building, formerly the Thomastown Courthouse, on Logan Street in the south Kilkenny town.
The building is set to undergo a €2 million transformation which will house a new Jewellery & Goldsmithing Centre of Excellence.
The tender is looking for a client to provide architectural, structural/civil engineering, and building services for the restructuring and renovation of the Sessions House. Those interested in offering a tender have just three weeks to do so as applications close on October 21.
The building, which has had been a part of the county’s public life for more than two centuries has fallen into disrepair since the judicial system last sat in the building in 2005.
The Sessions House Development will be created in partnership with The Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI), based in Kilkenny city.