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.