£5.5m. Ebrington project completed

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured with Philip Flynn, Chair of Ilex, at the completion of a �5.5 million capital project at Ebrington. Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness pictured with Philip Flynn, Chair of Ilex, at the completion of a �5.5 million capital project at Ebrington. Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

A £5.5 million capital project at Ebrington has been completed.

The project includes a 214-space car park, new access to roads at the King Street roundabout, a development platform establishing a new investment opportunity, and a new link extending the Waterside Greenway and further enhancing walking and cycle routes for the city.

The project marks the opening of the fourth access to Ebrington and enhances city connectivity by extending the Waterside Greenway which now runs from the railway station to the Peace Bridge and onwards to Foyle Bridge.

The development platform is able to accommodate a building of circa 75,000 sq. ft.

First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness both welcomed the completion of the project.

Mr. Robinson said: “It was a great pleasure for me to attend the official opening of Ebrington Square in 2012 to see at first hand the huge transformation taking place.

“Today’s completion of this £5.5million project is evidence of the Northern Ireland Executive’s commitment to invest and create employment opportunities in the North West to make life better for everyone.

“Ebrington Square has now become an integral part of Londonderry with the potential to provide high quality office accommodation along with providing a tremendous platform for major events and performances.”

Martin McGuinness added: “This investment signals our continued commitment to Ebrington, Derry and the North West.

“The site will be a catalyst for job creation, building on the recently announced craft brewery and the café, both scheduled to open in spring 2015. It is imperative the right infrastructure is in place to support our aspirations to attract investment and create jobs for people.”

“Along the banks of the Foyle and against the backdrop of our magnificent Peace Bridge, Ebrington really is one of the iconic sites of the city. It is only at its best when it is being utilised and enjoyed by people and this infrastructure improvement will add to the overall experience.”