£50 Million Seafront Development Plan Agreed
A developer has been appointed to take forward a major £50 million regeneration project of Queen's Parade in
The scheme will transform the County Down town's seafront, bringing new houses, shops, offices and employment opportunities to the area.
Bangor Marine has been awarded the contract by the Department for Communities, which Permanent Secretary Tracy Meharg said will support the vitality of the employment and tourism industry. She commented: "The new hotel and cafes will encourage more tourists to visit Bangor and help to support the retail offering and enhance the evening economy. The new homes will lead to more people living in Bangor again supporting local consumer outlets. When combined with new offices, this development will help to create new employment opportunities and breathe new life back into Bangor."
The proposed scheme includes the following additions to the seafront:
• children's play area and water feature
• sheltered promenade and kiosks
• marine gardens public realm combining external events space
• seafront lawns
• a 70-80 bed hotel
• a destination/cinema building
• residential units
• commercial, retail & restaurant spaces
• a play zone
• refurbishment of existing commercial properties
• 200 space car park
• market place & courtyard squares.
Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Richard Smart, said the regeneration of Queen's Parade is "critical" for the future of Bangor and of maximising the economic growth potential of the area.