As part of the ongoing commitment to urban regeneration, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council are in the design stages for an extensive Public Realm Scheme for Banbridge Town Centre with an estimated investment of approximately £5.5million from DfC and Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.
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The proposed Public Realm area encompasses Newry Street, Bridge Street, Downshire Bridge (The Cut), Scarva Street, Linenhall Street, Victoria Street, Old Kenlis Street, Railway Street, Downshire Place Link, Church Square, Castlewellan Road, Bann Bridge and Dromore Road.
The Banbridge Public Realm scheme aims to improve the quality and connectivity between streets and car parks, create better pedestrian linkages from and to the carparks, improve accessibility in the town centre and create attractive civic spaces thus providing a unique sense of place. The scheme will focus on creating a safe streetscape that focuses on secure pedestrian circulation and accessibility for all, whilst preserving and enhancing the character of the town centre. These works will be delivered in two phases with construction works on Church Square and the entrances to Castlewellan Road and Church Street delivered as Phase 2.
It is anticipated these enhancements will include; resurfacing of the existing footways, hard and soft landscaping, aesthetic improvements to both the Downshire and Bann Bridge, street lighting, street furniture, new civic space, improvements to pedestrian crossings, improved street parking arrangements, introduction of smart technology and bespoke features.
A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to ABC Planning Department in December 2020 (reference LA08/2020/1527/PAN). Community Consultations will follow in early 2021 in advance of a Major Planning Application.
The council have committed £115,000 and have secured funding of £100,000 from DFC to lead the revitalisation of one of the Craigavon Footbridges.
The bridge which links the City Park/Craigavon Civic Centre to Rushmere Shopping Centre plays a key role in connecting residential, leisure and retail areas. The interventions will bring the bridge back to life transforming it into a contemporary modern bridge.
The following interventions are planned;
- Bridge gateway (entrance feature, surface treatment, illuminated bollards, lighting)
- Bridge resurfacing
- Replacing new railings including parapet and strip lighting
- Existing woodland thinned, and under planted with bulbs
- Proposed new planting or ornamental shrubs/trees
The project is intended to promote pedestrian and cycle movement within Central Craigavon, whilst contributing to a sense of arrival to Central Craigavon.
A design team has been appointed to fully design the bridge, it is hoped that the construction works will start in March 2017.
The Project cost is £1.4m, made possible by funding by Department for Communities with additional funding provided by Department for Infrastructure and the Council.
As part of the ongoing commitment to urban regeneration, Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council will be delivering the next stage of the Dromore Public Realm Scheme. The Scheme will provide high quality improvements within the Town Centre Conservation Area which includes outer Market Square, Bridge Street and Church Street.
The Scheme aims to enhance the streetscape and offer quality design, utilising natural materials with bespoke details to reflect the town’s unique history and conservation area designation. The Scheme will introduce new pavement treatments, lighting, enhanced shared space, street furniture, signage and decorative features designed to complement the previous works at Dromore Town Hall in the central area of Market Square.
The Scheme has been subjected to an Equality Screening exercise and a Rural Needs Impact Assessment was also completed. The outcome of this screening exercise indicates no adverse impacts on Equality of Opportunity or Good Relations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
Works commenced on the Dromore Public Realm Scheme in the week commencing 22nd June 2020 and are anticipated to complete in Spring 2021 .
FP McCann Ltd, a company with extensive experience in completing Public Realm Projects of this size and scale throughout Northern Ireland, are carrying out the works on behalf of the Council. Whilst the scheme is a civil engineering project, the work will be carried out in phases to minimise disturbance to businesses, residents and customers as set out at the ‘Meet the Contractor’ event held on 26th February 2020 in Dromore Town Hall.
- The town centre will remain open for business
- Pedestrian access will be maintained to all properties
- Parking will be restricted adjacent to the work area to facilitate construction and maintain pedestrian and traffic flow
- Specific streets, or part thereof will be closed to traffic temporarily during works. Relevant traders and stakeholders will be notified in advance.
If you would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact FP McCann Public Liaison Team:
- Trader Liaison Officer Aaron Fleming (028 7964 2558)
- Public Liaison Manager Rebecca Henderson (028 7964 2558)
- 24hr emergency contact number 02879549090 (Dromore Option) available once works commence
- Visit the contractors Site Office in the Town Centre- 11A Church Street (former Ulster bank-1st Floor)
- Email your queries to