£300K. funding boost for city centre’s historic built heritage

Group pictured at the announcement of  a funding package of �300,000 to facilitate the repair and restoration of the former Alpha Glass Studio at the junction of Castle Street and Magazine Street by the Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan (fifth from right). Included, from left, are Joe Coyle, property owner; John Ross, Benchmark Construction; Shane Birney, Architect; Mary Kerrigan, Walled City Partnership; Philip Deeny, Quantity Surveyor; Anne Munro, Walled City Partnership; Mark O'Doherty, Benchmark Construction; Malachy Martin, Heritage Lottery Fund; Gary Middleton, Deputy Mayor; Ian Snowden, Dept Social Development; Geraldine Coyle, property owner; Nichola Carr, DoE Planning NI and Ronan O'Donnell, Walled City Partnership. DER2614MC044
Group pictured at the announcement of a funding package of �300,000 to facilitate the repair and restoration of the former Alpha Glass Studio at the junction of Castle Street and Magazine Street by the Minister for the Environment, Mark H. Durkan (fifth from right). Included, from left, are Joe Coyle, property owner; John Ross, Benchmark Construction; Shane Birney, Architect; Mary Kerrigan, Walled City Partnership; Philip Deeny, Quantity Surveyor; Anne Munro, Walled City Partnership; Mark O'Doherty, Benchmark Construction; Malachy Martin, Heritage Lottery Fund; Gary Middleton, Deputy Mayor; Ian Snowden, Dept Social Development; Geraldine Coyle, property owner; Nichola Carr, DoE Planning NI and Ronan O'Donnell, Walled City Partnership. DER2614MC044

Derry city centre’s built heritage is to get another welcome funding boost.

A funding package of around £300,000 is to go towards the repair and restoration of the former Alpha Glass Studio at the junction of Castle Street and Magazine Street in the heart of the city’s commercial district.

The money is seen as a major boost to the continued regeneration of the city centre through the repair and re-use of its built heritage.

The project is being delivered through the Walled City Townscape Heritage Initiative with funding being sourced from the Heritage Lottery Fund - THI Grant, Department Social Development - UDG Grant and DoE Planning NI - THI Grant.

Upon completion of the works, the development will comprise four new city centre apartments at upper floor levels with commercial use at street level.

The property owner Geraldine Coyle commented: “We’re all really pleased with the progress here on site. It will be great to see our beautiful historical building restored.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank HLF, DSD and Planning NI for their support, without which the project couldn’t have happened.”

The repair and restoration of this property will bring the total number of properties repaired and restored through the Walled City Townscape Heritage Initiative to twenty six.

The Walled City Partnership, with the support of its funding partners, Heritage Lottery Fund, Derry City Council, Department Social Development, DoE Planning NI, Northern Ireland Environment Agency continues to target further projects within the defined THI area of Shipquay Place, Foyle Street, Shipquay Street, Castle Street and Waterloo Street.

The Walled City Partnership hopes to announce further significant developments in the coming months.

The Walled City Townscape Heritage Initiative is a regeneration programme focused on the repair and full use of historic buildings which contribute to the townscape character of Derry.