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Car park plan for former Ebrington Barracks

By Brendan McDaid

Work on a new 240-space car park at Londonderry’s largest regeneration site is due to get under way in January 2012.

Funding for the project at the former Ebrington Army base — expected to cost around £6.5m — is now in place, the city’s urban regeneration company Ilex, confirmed last night.

The new facility will be built underneath the parade ground, currently undergoing a £6m revamp as an outdoor events venue, and is due to be unveiled in December 2012. The design for the car park will be submitted to the Planning Service in the coming weeks.

Ilex development manager Laurence McCullagh said it hoped to have the project finished by the start of Derry’s inaugural year as UK City of Culture in 2013.

He said: “As well as being a car park, it will also be a platform for buildings and offices above it.”

The wider planning application detailing the Ebrington development framework is to go in for approval at the end of this year.

“As soon as we have that we will engage with the private sector,” Mr McCullagh said.

Meanwhile Ilex has also announced plans to bury a time capsule in the parade ground as part of its official launch.

For suggestions or queries about the capsule contact Orla Rafferty at Ilex on orla.rafferty@ilex-urc.com or phone 028 7126 9226. Or log on to www.facebook.com/legenderry.city.

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