19/02/2004

Major development secured for key waterside site

A multi-million pound development scheme for the Distillery Brae site in the Waterside area of Londonderry has been announced by the Department for Social Development.

The Department, through the North West Development Office, said that a state-of-the-art Primary Healthcare Centre is to be constructed on the one acre Distillery Brae site, by the General Practitioners currently based at the Waterside Health Centre.

The new development will not only accommodate three medical practices serving a population of more than 25,000 patients but also incorporate other health and social care professionals.

Declan O’Hare, Director of the North West Development Office, said the new centre would make a significant contribution to the regeneration of the Spencer Road area.

"The new building will enhance the streetscape and has expansive areas of glass landscaped public space that will make a significant design statement when viewed from the Duke Street and Cityside areas," he said.

"The centre will also contribute to the social regeneration of the wider Waterside, which is a key objective for Government under the Department’s recently-launched Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy."

It is envisaged that the centre will bring an additional 1,600 people daily into the Spencer Road commercial area.

(MB)

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