Work on new science park site due to begin

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Work on a new science park on Derry’s riverfront is expected to get underway within weeks.

The new North West Regional Science Park (NWRSP) will be located on the Fort George site.

The North’s Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, is said to be working closely with the NWRSP to deliver a 50,000-square-foot complex commercial and research centre - a satellite of the Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP).

A park-and-ride car park on the riverside site is scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.

Minister McCausland has also acknowledged the issue of remediation work which is expected to start at the former military base this spring.

“The precise timescale for this work will, of course, be dependent on when the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) agrees the remediation strategy for the site,” he told the Assembly.

Mr McCausland said that a development proposal for the site submitted by urban regeneration company Ilex was currently being considered by the Planning Service.

“The implementation of the development framework will involve infrastructure works and the engagement of private sector partners to construct the planned development,” he said.

“The Department plans to begin this implementation phase in 2014 when the remediation work is complete,” he added.

Mr McCausland said this development framework application was being processed as an Article 31 project.

“This means that it is with DOE Planning Service headquarters for assessment and I await the decision of the Minister of the Environment in that regard,” he said.