Belfast Telegraph

Design team appointed for £20m Newry regeneration development

Warm welcome: Mark Murnin
Warm welcome: Mark Murnin
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By Ryan McAleer

A £20m project to transform Newry's city centre as part of the City Region deal is expected to get under way next year.

The proposed development includes the construction of a new theatre and conference facility and a civic hub alongside the public realm in Newry city as part of the wider infrastructure projects funded through the Belfast City Region deal.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council said the project should help attract additional investment from the public and private sectors.

Subject to statutory approvals and securing contractor teams, construction of the theatre/conference facility and civic hub projects are scheduled to commence in mid-2020.

Hamilton Architects, which have offices in Belfast, Londonderry and London, have been appointed to design the project, which the local authority says will transform the city's historic core "as a place to live, work, invest and visit".

The design firm's portfolio includes the Kingspan Stadium and the Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

Commenting on behalf of Hamilton Architects, Paul Millar said: "We are delighted to be leading the design team on these prestigious regeneration projects.

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"We are already working with the council on other projects, so we are pleased to be able to continue what is a very positive relationship."

SDLP councillor Mark Murnin, chairman of the council, added: "I look forward to seeing their proposals that will help to regenerate our city for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors."

Belfast Telegraph