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Major regeneration project approved for Derry

Words: Roger Milne

Plans for the largest single regeneration project in Derry have been given the green light after proposals for the Ebrington scheme were approved by environment minister Mark H Durkan.

The plans were drawn up by the Ilex Urban Regeneration Company.

The multi-million pound redevelopment of the 10.5 hectare site is expected to include a museum, hotel, office space, cafés and restaurants as well as nearly 100 live-work units.

Durkan said: “This is good news for the city and wider region. This application sets out a blueprint that will be a boost for business, tourism and people in the area by revitalising the 1840s site with new homes, offices, cafes, restaurants and museum and arts facilities.”

Ebrington was first designated for military use during the siege of Derry in 1689, with construction of the permanent barracks completed in 1841.

The original barracks were in the shape of a star fort and are laid out on three sides overlooking the city and the River Foyle.

Image credit | Greg Clarke