£290K. investment for Derry city centre

A £300,000 upgrade of Derry’s city centre has been announced.

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey says the investment of £292,307 will allow an upgrade of public realm works between Sackville Street and Great James’ Street.

It will see the installation of high quality granite paving, new and improved street and feature lighting, new granite benches, bins and planters and the resurfacing of the carriageway.

Minister Storey said: “This further investment illustrates my continued commitment to the regeneration of Londonderry City Centre.

“My Department, and civil engineering firm URS, have worked in partnership with local representatives to develop a scheme which will complement the significant public realm works already delivered in Waterloo Place and Guildhall Square.”

Work at Strand Road is scheduled to start on Wednesday, January 7. The project is expected to be complete by the end of March.

Minister Storey continued: “The scheme, when complete, will transform this section of Strand Road, benefitting local businesses and shoppers, and will help to rejuvenate the local economy.

“As we begin 2015, this project will be a welcome early boost for Londonderry.”

The proposed project area is approximately 1,200 square metres along a stretch of Strand Road that was last upgraded around 25 years ago.

The works will be delivered by White Mountain Quarries.