Derry’s riverside walkway to be illuminated

A landmark riverside lighting project on the west bank of the Foyle is expected to go live this weekend.

£85,000 has been awarded to Derry City Council and involves the installation of lighting along the riverside walkway adjacent to the Council building and car park.

230 metres of permanent festoon decorative lighting is being erected along the walkway from the Council car park, opposite the Quay West restaurant, to the northern boundary of the Council Offices.

Works also include a centrepiece of interchangeable coloured LED illuminating the civic offices.

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland says: “This riverside lighting project will create an attractive visual backdrop physically transforming this part of the riverside corridor. It will create a friendly ambiance and will complement the earlier investment by my Department in upgrading the public realm along Queen’s Quay.

“The festive lighting will help revitalise this area of the walkway and make it an even more enjoyable experience for the many visitors expected to attend during the LegenDerry Maritime Festival and Clipper event.”

Mayor of Derry Brenda Stevenson says the funding will provide huge value to the regenerated Quayside walkway.

“Over the last few years, the transformation of the Quay area along the city side of the River Foyle had been truly amazing, so much so that we can now boost a beautiful riverside walkway connecting our three bridges which is enjoyed daily by thousands. With additional funding secured from the Social Development Department, the Queen’s Quay portion of the walkway is set to be transformed again with the installation of a prominent lighting scheme at the Council civic offices and surrounding section of riverside walkway.

“When completed, the visual impact of the project will be significant in that it will transform this visually prominent river frontage and compliment with other landmark features including the nearby Peace Bridge. The project will be a further addition to the recently completed first phase of the nearby Walled City Lighting Project with another building and area being illuminated and adding to the city’s evening skyline for the enjoyment of our citizens and visitors.

“This announcement has been made possible due to the effective partnership working between the Department and Derry City Council Officers, and news that this will be instated and ready for the city to host its LegenDerry Maritime Festival, a ten day festival of events set to welcome the Clipper 13-14 Round the World Yacht race, and our very own Derry-Londonderry-Doire yacht on its scheduled stopover from the world’s longest ocean race. The city is expecting to welcome thousands of international visitors and the additional lighting will provide added ambience each evening.”

The contractor is currently on site and the project is scheduled to be completed and tested this weekend.