The re-development of a former British Army barracks in Derry could generate almost £100 million and create around 5,000 jobs, the city’s urban regeneration company has said.
Plans outlining the re-development of Ebrington, one of the key venues during the 2013 Culture Year, have gone on display at St Columb’s Park House as part of Ilex’s consultation process on the site’s redevelopment.
The proposals detail that the “Draft Development Framework for Ebrington would support 2,400 permanet jobs on site creating a GVA (gross value added) of £56 million and 1,800 jobs city wide...creating a GVA of £42 million.”
The plans go onto suggest :”The estimated construction of the Draft Development Framework will create approx 300 temporary construction jobs on site with a GVA of £11million....and 200 temporary construction jobs city wide with a GVA of £9million.
“Creative Industries and a cultural hub is the focal point in the Draft Development Framework.”
SDLP MLA Colum Eastwood has challenged Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness to deliver on Ilex’s job creation plan.
“Ilex’s estimate that its draft development framework for Ebrington would support 2,400 permanent jobs at the site and 500 temporary full and part-time construction posts during the redevelopment project is to be welcomed. Such levels of job creation are badly needed in Derry which for far too long has languished as the unemployment black spot of Northern Ireland.
“It is now essential that the commitment and support needed to make Ilex’s estimate a reality is forthcoming from Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness.”
“The ongoing regeneration of Ebrington is key to the future economic prosperity and continued social development of our city.
“It is now essential that the First and Deputy First Ministers do all they can to deliver this regeneration and the level of job creation envisaged by Ilex by driving the overall project forward with the investment it deserves.
“Commitment in terms of increased capital funding to reflect the level of investment in regeneration projects elsewhere in Northern Ireland is vital. Belfast Titanic Quarter has benefited from huge investment from the public and private sectors, now it’s Derry’s turn to get its fair share to allow prosperity to flourish.
“Hand in hand with increased capital investment must be the active promotion of the Ebrington site to potential investors from the private sector with strong focus on attracting international inward investment.”
The Ebrington public consultation runs until mid-March.
You can view the proposal here