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Restoration of historic Warrenpoint building start of £4m harbour upgrade

An artist’s impression of Town Dock House following the upgrade work
An artist’s impression of Town Dock House following the upgrade work
Harbour chief Clare Guinness
Ryan McAleer

By Ryan McAleer

Work has started on a £4m upgrade of Warrenpoint Port including the revamp of a historic house.

The redevelopment of the Co Down harbour's Town Dock House will mark the start of the project. The building, which faces the town square, will be returned to its former use as the main harbour office, re-establishing a direct link between the port and the town centre.

Clare Guinness, chief executive of Warrenpoint Port, said the work will rekindle the harbour's long-established historic links with the town and surrounding area.

"The redevelopment of Town Dock House, an iconic building at the heart of our town centre, will build on those links and provide a major regeneration boost that we can all enjoy," she said.

"The relocation of the administrative offices is just the first phase of our plans for the Town Dock, however. We also look forward to progressing plans to open up the dock to the public by creating new openings in the wall and railings to allow access from the Town Square to the water's edge at the marina."

The Town Dock House works will include a complete refurbishment of the existing building and an extension, which will provide additional office space and boardroom facilities.

The building work will be carried out by Newry-based Killowen Contracts and is expected to take six months.

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Eamon Larkin, director of Newry-based architects Milligan Reside Larkin, which designed the scheme, said: "Our team worked with Warrenpoint Port to sensitively design an extension to the former office building without impinging on the status of the existing building.

"It is an exciting project to be involved in as it will add to the vitality of Warrenpoint town centre and complement other recent developments in the area."

The project is part of a £4m capital investment that also includes the reconfiguration of internal port infrastructure, a new road layout, and additional plant and equipment.

Ms Guinness, who is set to depart as chief executive in September, said: "Demand for our services is growing year-on-year.

"By continuing to invest in our facilities, we can ensure the port is best placed to capitalise on that growing demand for the benefit of port users, our customers, our community and the wider economy."

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