Landmark visitor centre in Belfast set to celebrate our legends
The first sod has been cut on a landmark building that is set to revitalise a once-derelict strip along Belfast's Newtownards Road.
GEDA Construction has been appointed as the lead contractor for the new visitor centre at Holywood Arches, which will sit alongside the CS Lewis Civic Square being developed as part of the £40m Connswater Community Greenway.
The visitor centre, which is sited at the point where the greenway crosses the path of the Comber Greenway, will include a coffee shop, interactive information points, hi-tech displays celebrating local legends such as Narnia creator CS Lewis and Van Morrison, and a shop selling locally made merchandise.
It will be located within a new building which part-funder Landmark East expects to act as a catalyst for regeneration in east Belfast.
Enterprise, Trade and Investment Minister Arlene Foster said: "I am sure this new landmark building will bring the spotlight to east Belfast helping to educate and celebrate the rich historical and cultural heritage of the area." The visitor centre is due to be completed in July 2015.