20/09/2019

£8m Boost For Newry Regeneration Scheme

Regeneration plans for Newry City Centre have received a cash boost of £8 million through the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD).

The additional money will accelerate the public realm scheme, bringing a Grade A office suite to the city's core as well as complementing existing plans for a new civic hub and theatre/conference facilities.

A series of developments within the regeneration scheme were approved by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council last month. These include:

• selection of the current Abbey Way Car Park as the site for the new civic hub

• replacement of the existing arts centre with a purpose-built facility, alongside reconfiguration of the adjacent listed Town Hall

• approval to proceed with concept design for the public realm works.
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The projects can therefore progress to the design and development stage, which includes engagement and consultation with a range of stakeholders.

The additional BRCD funding adds to this progress.

Councillor Charlie Casey highlighted the range of benefits to be gained from the city centre regeneration.

Cllr Casey said: "Investing within the historic core of Newry, our aim is to increase vibrancy and footfall in the city centre, stimulate further investment and facilitate the regeneration of Newry City for the benefit of the entire district.

"The Theatre/Conference and Civic Hub facilities will form the foundation of the regeneration investment, with the additional BRCD funding creating new public realm links that will make Newry less car dependant and more sustainable for future generations."



(JG/CM)

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