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Facelift for Belfast city centre 'will make area more welcoming'

New paving, lighting and public art is set to transform part of Belfast city centre.

A multi-million pound investment will improve the streetscape from Castle Place to the new Ulster University campus on York Street.

Communities minister Paul Givan said: "These works will make the area more welcoming, vibrant and attractive to further investment and will build on the successful implementation of Belfast Streets Ahead in the heart of the shopping district which has helped transform the city centre."

A tender process has commenced to appoint a contractor to complete the works which will also extend to some surrounding streets.

The public realm scheme which was designed by a team led by McAdam Design, will see the area transformed to include new paving, street furniture, lighting and public artwork.

The Department for Communities (DfC) is contributing over £20 million to the scheme. Belfast City Council has also agreed to contribute £5 million.

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