Waterside plans on display

A computer generated image of the Premier Inn development at Crescent Link.
A computer generated image of the Premier Inn development at Crescent Link.

Plans for a major development project in Derry’s Waterside that could create thousands of new jobs are to go on show this weekend.

International owned development company GML (NI) Ltd - part of the Orana Group - and its partners in the proposed Crescent Link regeneration scheme, Premier Inn and Sainsbury’s, are to host a major two day community exhibition at Lisneal College today and tomorrow.

The first phase of this multi-million pound investment will immediately deliver 540 skilled operational jobs, as well providing a significant boost to the local construction industry through Sainsbury’s and Premier Inn.

Overall, the wider masterplan has the capacity to create 1,100 local construction jobs and 2,000 high quality, sustainable jobs across a wide skills base and diverse range of business sectors. The plans are currently awaiting the green light from Planning Minister Alex Atwood, though the Premier Inn project has already received permission and will be under construction before the summer.

The exhibition will give people the chance to view the development plans, ask questions of representatives from the developers and occupiers providing feedback on the future of Crescent Link.

The community exhibition is taking place at Lisneal College today from 1pm to 6pm and Saturday, March 31 from 9am to 1pm.

Also attending the exhibition will be the newly-appointed general manager at the new Premier Inn at Crescent Link, Sean McLaughlin, who will speak about the 65 job opportunities at Premier Inn which will begin recruiting this summer.

Premier Inn plans to open its 60-bed hotel complex with a 200 seat family restaurant in early 2013, in time for the City of Culture celebrations.

Chairman of Orana Group John Farmer said: “We want to work in partnership with the residents of the city making the entire community and local jobs agencies aware of specific emerging job opportunities and to highlight the real social, economic and infrastructure benefits this significant project has to offer. This will benefit the entire region, as well as acting as a stimulus to attracting inward investment to Derry– Londonderry which will positively benefit the city centre.”