Third phase of Public Realm Works to start

Lurgan Town Centre.
Lurgan Town Centre.

A Dunmurry firm has been awarded the £700k contract to complete the third phase of Lurgan’s Public Realm Scheme.

And Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said construction is set to start shortly.

He welcomed the appointment of Northstone (NI) Ltd to undertake the final phase of improvements works.

The cost includes £153,000 from the Department for Social Development (DSD). The remaining funds being provided by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

The works include new footways with granite kerbs, new street lighting and furniture to complement previous phases.

Minister Storey said: “In the current challenging economic climate, our towns must continually update and improve in order to remain competitive.

“This third and final phase of works will give the remaining streets the much needed boost to make Lurgan more attractive to both shoppers and visitors alike thereby encouraging people to spend more time and enjoy the enhanced and much improved look and feel of their town.”

The area covered by the third phase of the scheme includes Union Street, Carnegie Street, Castle Lane, Church Walk and Watsons Lane.

The plans for Lurgan town centre take into account its traditional market town topography.

It is intended that the works will continue to re-establish Lurgan as a modern, contemporary market town, whilst simultaneously retaining its unique character.

The Minister added: “The work to Lurgan town centre commenced with phase one back in October 2009. Since then, DSD has invested around £4million in Lurgan.”