Multi million pound boost for Guildhall restoration

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland visited the Guildhall  to announce the award of over �3.5 million of financial assistance to support on going restoration work. Accompanying the Ministers are the Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell and Bronagh Lynch, director, Consarc Conservation.  Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland visited the Guildhall to announce the award of over �3.5 million of financial assistance to support on going restoration work. Accompanying the Ministers are the Mayor of Derry, Councillor Kevin Campbell and Bronagh Lynch, director, Consarc Conservation. Photo Lorcan Doherty Photography

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The restoration of Derry’s Guildhall has been given a multi million pound cash boost.

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster and Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland visited the Guildhall today to announce £3.5million of financial assistance to support ongoing restoration work.

The funding will be used to help transform the Guildhall from a functional civic building into a multi-faceted visitor experience to include a tourist information point, permanent and temporary exhibition spaces and café area.

Tourism Minister Arlene Foster said: “The Guildhall is one of the most significant buildings in the northwest and it has huge potential as a visitor experience.

“The completed project will see a big change in the emphasis of the building, from that of a mostly civic function, into a central hub and orientation point for visitors to Londonderry, whilst creating a link between the Walled City to the Peace Bridge and the Ebrington Fort site.

The total cost of the Guildhall restoration project is £9.2million, of which the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) awarded £2.5million through its Tourism Development Scheme (TDS), as part of the Walled City Built Heritage Programme, and the Department of Social Development awarded £1million.

The rest of the funding is being provided by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, £450,000 and Derry City Council, £5.25million.