Benchspace is a shared access workshop in Cork City. It was established to provide affordable access to workbenches and professional standard machinery to local furniture makers, designers, and particularly to graduates and early career professionals.
By sharing the cost of equipment, rent and commercial rates, Benchspace significantly cuts the cost of starting a new fine furniture or woodworking business in Cork.
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.
Benchspace Cork is the first coworking workshop 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.