Communities Minister, Paul Givan MLA, has today announced funding of £650,000 to create a high quality public realm scheme for Nailors’ Row in Derry.
The Department has provided over £608,000 towards the scheme which is being developed in conjunction with Apex Housing Association who are also contributing £42,000 towards the project.
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.
Making the announcement, 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 the announcement, Apex Chief Executive Gerry Kelly commented: “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.”
G M Design Associates have been appointed by Apex Housing Association Ltd. to develop the scheme design and oversee the project to completion. A tender process has commenced to appoint a contractor to deliver the construction works.
Works are expected to commence in January 2017 and be completed by May 2017.