Ebrington plans ‘will transform economy’

One of the new sketches showcasing the plans for 26 acre Ebrington site.
One of the new sketches showcasing the plans for 26 acre Ebrington site.

The Office of the First and Deputy First Minister has said the approval of Ilex’s planning application for the entire site is will help transform the North West economy.

Ilex’s chairman Philip Flynn meanwhile has also welcomed the application was given the green light by Environment Minister Mark H Durkan last Thursday.

This is a significant step in the future development of the site, a further catalyst for economic and creative growth, with the potential to create 2,400 jobs.

Philip Flynn, Chairman, Ilex.

A spokesperson for the Office of the First and Deputy First Ministers said: “We welcome the approval of our planning application by the DOE Minister. This planning approval is another positive step and is part of our wider plans to create the conditions to revitalise and rejuvenate Ebrington.”

The OFMDFM spokesman added: “The further development of the Ebrington site will transform not just the landscape of the city but also the economic prospects of the North West.”

The framework provides for 83,000 square metres of gross floor space. Of this, around 7,200 sq m has been for Museum and Heritage, with a further 11,500 sq m for hotel and leisure developments. A further 19,000 sq m has been earmarked for commercial office space, while 21,000 sq m has been hallmarked for creative industries/education, 98 live/ work units and other ancillary uses including cafes, restaurants and parking.

Ilex Chairman Philip Flynn meanwhile said: “I welcome the DoE Minister’s decision to grant planning permission for Ebrington. This is a significant step in the future development of the site, a further catalyst for economic and creative growth, with the potential to create 2,400 jobs.”

Mr Flynn added: “The announcement marks significant work by Ilex in the completion and approval of the Ebrington Development Framework, having already secured tenants currently on site such as the DoE, Walled City Brewery, Eighty81 Creative Hub, Ollie’s Café and the Ilex offices. Phase 3 of site marketing will see further progression of the site”.

The Ebrington site is a former military barracks dating back to 1840s. Since its transfer to the Northern Ireland Executive, regeneration works at Ebrington has included the development of Cunningham Square and Ebrington Square, the latter being transformed into one of the largest public event spaces on the island of Ireland.

Announcing his approval, Mark H Durkan said: “Ebrington is the single largest regeneration site in Derry. This application sets out a blueprint that will be a boost for business, tourism and people in the area by revitalising the 1840s site with new homes, offices, cafes, restaurants and museum and arts facilities.

“It will also bring many construction jobs in the short term as well as long term job creation.”