Benchspace is a shared access workshop in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to hobbyists, local furniture makers and designers.
Benchspace Cork is the first co-making space of its kind in Ireland, the project is inspired by similar successful projects in Holland, the UK and Australia. Such projects have turned post-industrial spaces into seed-beds for a new generation of creators, designers, and techies. Our space is in the former Ford factory in Cork which has a tangible heritage as a centre of commerce and production.
Benchspace exists to allow makers turn their passions into their professions. If you want to start your own fine woodworking or craft business then we’d like to help to providing space and equipment at an affordable price. Instead of many individual bills, we charge one fee to cover all of your machine, space, power, waste and workshop insurance costs. We work hard to keep this fee as small as possible. You can contact us and see how we can help you.
Our ambition is to create an incubation space for new creative businesses, thereby fostering employment and contributing to the cultural and economic fabric of the City.
For the part time makers, hobbyists and creatives. We offer Classes & Workshops in everything from Traditional Joinery and Modern Machine Making to 3D printing and getting started with the Andruino/Raspberry Pi. You can see our current offerings here.
We also offer bi monthly open workshop sessions (Make it Yourself) where members can come along and work on their own projects.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us
The Benchspace Team.
Thank you to the following have given time, effort, support and advice since we started this project:
Martina Holtby Conway
John Mc Carthy
Julia Mc Carthy
Jerry O Brien
John O’ Shea
Donal O Sullivan
Brian Mc Auliffe