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McCausland announces contractor for Bank Square project

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Social Development

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced that FP McCann has been awarded the contract to deliver the £3million streetscape renewal of Bank Square in Belfast City Centre and its surrounding streets.

The work will begin in July and is due for completion by November 2014.

Mr McCausland said: “I am pleased to announce today that FP McCann has been awarded the contract to deliver the revitalisation of Bank Square and the surrounding area. To complete the project my Department is investing £3million on new paving, lighting, artwork and play equipment for children, which will transform the Square and deliver a unique and significantly upgraded public space in the heart of Belfast city centre.

“Creating a high quality shared space, which is accessible for pedestrians and also become a locus for street performance, markets and others uses will contribute to the economic regeneration of the Westside area and the wider city centre.”

Although Bank Square is secluded from the main shopping area in the city centre Minister McCausland acknowledged that there would be some disruption. He said: “I have been assured that any disruption will be kept to a minimum during the construction period, but I would ask city centre stakeholders and the public to bear with us, as the end result will be worthwhile. The legacy of this investment will build on what has already been achieved by the Belfast Streets Ahead Phase 1 works and create a safer, cleaner, more attractive, more accessible city centre, one we can all be proud of.”

RPS, who head up the Integrated Development Team for the project, will be working with DSD and FP McCann to transform Bank Square into an active, multi-use, shared space in the heart of Belfast. RPS Project Manager David Logan said: “The plans are very ambitious and will create a unique public space of high quality in the city centre that will include public art works, children’s activity equipment and the facilities to support street markets, festivals and concerts. We are looking forward to working with FP McCann Ltd to deliver this exciting project on behalf of DSD”.

Commenting on their appointment as lead contractor for the scheme, Hugh McCann, Operations Director of FP McCann Ltd stated: “We are delighted to be working on the Bank Square Regeneration project and to be delivering what will be an important scheme for Belfast City Centre. This scheme will transform Bank Square and its surrounding streets attracting tourists and shoppers. We are looking forward to working with the Department for Social Development to successfully construct the scheme”.

Notes to editors:

1. See photos from the Department for Social Development in our collection at http://www.flickr.com/photos/niexecutive/collections/72157626632064777/

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