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£8m funding boost for Newry City Centre Regeneration scheme

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s £20 million Newry City Centre Regeneration (CCR) Scheme has received a further financial boost of an additional £8 million, provided by the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD).

The additional funding allows significant additional public realm works to complement the Council’s existing  investment plans for a new Civic Hub and Theatre/Conference facilities.  The BRCD funding will  also allow the provision of additional Grade A office accommodation within the city core.

Welcoming the move, Council Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey said, “Investing within the historic core of Newry, our aim  is to increase vibrancy and footfall in the city centre, stimulate further investment, and facilitate the regeneration of Newry City for the benefit of the  entire district.

An artist’s impression of the proposed new theatre and conferencing facilities to incorporate the Town Hall.

“The Theatre/Conference and Civic Hub facilities will form the foundation of the regeneration investment, with the additional BRCD funding creating new public realm links that will make Newry less car-dependant and more sustainable for future generations.”

 The BRCD funding adds to the progress being made on the Council’s City Centre Regeneration  scheme, recent recommendations approved at the Council’s August Strategy Policy and Resources Committee included the selection of the current Abbey Way car park as the site for the new Civic Hub; replacement of the existing Arts Centre with a purpose-built facility, alongside reconfiguration  of the adjacent listed Town Hall; and approval to proceed with concept design for the public realm works.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Chairperson Councillor Charlie Casey examines the Newry City Centre Regeneration (CCR) proposals with Project Director, Adrian Grimshaw.

The Council approvals permit design teams to begin design development of all the projects,  which will include engagement and consultation with a full range of stakeholders over the coming months.