Historic Derry bank reopens after £2m facelift

One of the city’s most beautiful listed buildings has been officially re-opened following a £2 million refurbishment.

Over the past 10 months Northern Bank’s Shipquay Place branch has undergone extensive renovation, combining the old with the new by restoring the architectural features of the building whilst bringing the bringing the banking hall up to date with a fresh modern look and adding a ramped access.

The renovations have been funded solely by Northern Bank.

Gerry Mallon, Chief Executive Officer of Northern Bank said: “The restoration of the building’s fine architectural features comes at a time when the city’s heritage is very much in focus in the lead up to City of Culture 2013.”

The Mayor Alderman Maurice Devenney added that the restoration of the building marked a significant investment in the city centre and complemented the ongoing regeneration work that is taking place as the city prepares for UK City of Culture in 2013.

He added: “It’s good to see the owners of historic buildings acknowledging the importance of the heritage of their buildings and investing in them for the benefit of the people of the city and beyond.”