Press Release

North West Regeneration Projects gets thumbs up from Social Development Committee

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Thursday, 27 October 2011

Reference: SD 07/11/12

Members of the Assembly Committee for Social Development visited the North West today to look at a number of regeneration sites, including the former Fort George Military site which has been earmarked for mixed use development and new Peace Bridge.

Speaking after the visit, Committee Chairperson, Alex Maskey MLA said: “The Committee was delighted to be given the opportunity to visit Derry today and to see some truly innovative regeneration projects first hand. We were particularly interested in the Fort George site which, once completed, will help to transform and revitalise the City’s riverfront.

“The Fort George Site will also be the location for the construction of the Project Kelvin Telehouse, an exciting development which will have the potential to bring economic prosperity and much needed jobs to the North West.

“As well as information on current projects, today’s briefing from Ilex highlighted a number of exciting future plans to regenerate the city. The Committee looks forward to keeping abreast of all developments and to revisiting the city in the very near future.”

Today’s visit was hosted by Ilex the Urban Regeneration Company which also briefed the Committee on its ambitious future plans for continued economic, physical and social regeneration of the city.

Notes to Editors:
Ilex The Urban Regeneration Company

Ilex was established to promote the physical, economic and social regeneration of Derry~Londonderry and has specific responsibility to manage and re-develop two former military bases of Ebrington (26 acres) and Fort George (14 acres).

The Fort George Site:

Owned by the Department for Social Development (DSD), Fort George is a 14-acre brown field site over - looking the River Foyle. It has 300 metres of waterfront and a refurbished World War II jetty.

The Fort George Masterplan provides for a mixed use development (1.5 million square feet) including prestige knowledge economy and office space, Live/Work units, residential and hotel. Part of the site is being scoped as the North West Regional Science Park. Links with the educational and research faculties of the University will be a key feature.

Project Kelvin Hibernia Exchange Centre connecting the North West with Europe and North America

Completed in September 2010, the Hibernia Exchange Centre is located on Fort George. The £28m initiative provides high speed, low cost, point-to-point connectivity for companies.

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