Derry’s city centre big screen is on the move but it’s new home is yet to be decided.
Derry City Council has confirmed it is currently in the process of “seeking tender proposals from appropriately qualified contractors for the relocation and on-going screen management for the live screen site located in the city centre at Waterloo Place.”
Initially one of a network of 22 big screens installed across the UK by the BBC to promote the London Olympics, the Derry screen has been in place since 2012.
“It was initially proposed that upon the conclusion of the BBC involvement in the project, that an independent network would be setup by all 22 site sponsors which would manage all the sites and procure a central contractor to provide technical support for the sites,” a Derry City Council spokeswoman said.
“However an agreement on the structure of the new network could not be finalised with all the site sponsors concerned.
“The Individual live sites are now acting independently of each other and as a result Derry City Council is undergoing a procurement process to seek applications from appropriately qualified contractors for the relocation and provision of Content Management and Technical Support for the live site screen located at Waterloo Place.”
The spokeswoman said it is the Council’s intention to “ move the screen to an alternate stand alone location in the city, preferably a more natural park area with seating space that can attract a larger footfall.”
She said is very keen to “explore the possibility of including community content on the screen and the only way it can achieve this is through a public procurement process.
“The Council is of the view that a new location and revised content plan for the Live Screen site is the best way to utilize the facility for events and showcase local community content,” she said.
More information on the tender process is available online at www.derrycity.gov.uk/tenders