Ards and North Down, one of 11 district council areas in Northern Ireland, is a unique borough on the edge of Belfast City. Combining both attractive coast and countryside with many natural assets1 The Boroughs capital town, Bangor is linked by excellent road and rail networks to ports and airports. With Bangor 13 miles from Belfast, 10 miles from Belfast City Airport, it is a prime area to live, with excellent education, health, entertainment and transport facilities. A traditional holiday destination, Bangor is transforming itself through a visionary and ambitious programme of regeneration with many major refurbishment, public realm and tourism schemes underway. Project 24 is a unique temporary art project on the seafront in Bangor, transforming a derelict space into a welcoming, vibrant and dynamic area in the heart of the town. The Project includes 12 artist studios, an Event Space, a Community Garden and landscaping.This site aims to provide information and details on the innovative and exciting programme of development taking place across the borough, led by North Down Borough Council Investment Programme.
PREMIER INN & CONWAY GROUP IN PRIME MIXED-USE DEVELOPMENT OF HOTEL AND LUXURY APARTMENTS IN THE HEART OF BANGOR
Premier Inn is planning to open an 85-bedroom hotel in Bangor on the site of the town's old leisure centre.
The chain has submitted a planning application to Ards and North Down Borough Council and is targeting an early 2018 opening date.
The planned development is in partnership with the Magherafelt-based Conway Group.
It has worked on other Premier Inn developments in Lisburn and Londonderry.
Premier Inn is the UK's biggest hotel brand with more than 700 hotels across the UK and seven in Northern Ireland.
The firm's acquisitions manager Matt Aubrey said they had been looking for a suitable site in Bangor for a number of years.
He added that the development would represent an investment of £7m.
Conway Group is also planning to build 14 apartments on part of the site at Castle Park Avenue.
The Council has agreed to invest £2.7M in Ward Park to enhance the space for all users while reflecting it's historic roots.
Still at the concept stage, the project proposals include creating a larger adventure-style children's play area, providing picnic facilities and improving the footpath network.
The existing bird enclosures will be upgraded to enhance viewing opportunities and improvement will be made to the park's ecology to provide protected areas for wildlife. Concept Designs can be downloaded via our ward Park/Castle Park page or clicking on the button below.
Summer 2016 - Summer Sunday's in Ward Park
BANGOR BELL FOR BANGOR ABBEY...Public Art for a key Town Centre Gateway
The prime gateway into our town centre is to be enhanced further by the installation of a piece of public art based on the Bangor Bell.
According to the planning application it is to comprise of a 3.3m high repousse bronze bell on a 1.2m high stone base.
The works will also include a paved path approx 1m wide from te existing path to the art piece which will include lighting. Click on the link below for full details.
Bangor Harbour - September 2016
Always something to see at Bangor's Eisenhower Peir. Photo taken 02/10/16