Preparatory work for a major public realms scheme at Nailors’ Row in Derry’s city centre is due to get under way within days.
The £650,000 project is now expected to be completed in July 2017, and will address issues with unregulated parking and access for emergency vehicles.
Apex Housing have recently appointed Patrick Bradley Ltd as the main contractor. The Department for Communities, which is providing the lion’s share of funding, confirmed that NI Water “will shortly undertake preparatory works in advance of the contractor commencing construction in late March 2017”.
Improvements will include the replacement of paving with a high quality surface material, new street lighting and planting of trees and bedding plants. The installation of both fixed and retractable bollards will also restrict car parking and improve accessibility for emergency services.
Announcement funding for the project back in November, Communities Minister Givan said: “Nailors’ Row occupies a very important space adjacent to the historic City Walls and these improvements will transform the area making it much more attractive, safer and user friendly for residents and visitors.
“The works will also complement the recently completed public realm in Bishop Street and a number of revitalisation projects across the City.”
Welcoming that announcement, Apex Chief Executive Gerry Kelly said at the time: “The unregulated car parking along Nailors’ Row has prevented emergency vehicles accessing Apex’s homeless scheme at the House in the Wells.
“We are therefore indebted to the Department for Communities for providing funding to allow us to address this access issue while at the same time transform this somewhat neglected area into a pleasing public realm space for all to enjoy.”