Newry City Centre Regeneration Programme
MARCH 2021: The journey starts now …
Newry is on the cusp of benefitting from its most significant investment and development journey in many years. Led by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s Enterprise, Regeneration and Tourism directorate, the Newry City Centre Regeneration programme of works aims to increase vibrancy and footfall, stimulate further investment, and facilitate the regeneration of Newry City for the benefit of the entire district.
The Council’s Regeneration and Investment Plan of Newry City will help to regenerate the city centre and is being driven forward in conjunction with both statutory departments and private sector developers.
Newry City Vison
A new civic hub along with new theatre and conference facilities has been agreed and is due to be situated in the heart of the city. The new theatre and conference facility will provide the infrastructure and resources necessary to advance the performing arts and culture sector of Newry, attract professional and aspiring artists to our city, as well as provide a conference and events space to attract organisations and business events to the area. The result of this dynamic facility will generate both economic and social benefits for our community. The civic hub will provide a base for the Council offices within Newry, enabling a more streamlined and better environment for the delivery of council services.
The £25million direct investment by the Council to the theatre and conference and civic hub facilities, will form the cornerstone of the regeneration investment. While an additional £8million - which has been successfully secured from the Belfast Region City Deal (BRCD) - will create new public event spaces and provide the private sector with an opportunity to increase the provision of Grade A office accommodation. The development of Grade A office accommodation will enable new companies to locate in the city, delivering new employment opportunities. It is hoped these investments and the increased business and leisure visits they deliver to the city, will create the demand for a new budget hotel.
The regeneration programme also includes the development of a traffic, transport and car parking strategy, a Digital Innovation Hub, and also includes the 15-acre Albert Basin Park which will create a new park, for leisure, exercise and play, located at the heart of the city’s former maritime area..
The collective funding and subsequent regeneration will help to make Newry more open, and visitor friendly, less car dependent and therefore more sustainable for future generations.
It’s anticipated that work commence in 2022.
Join us on our Journey.
- NCCR public consultation - frequently asked questions