Newry, Mourne and Down District Council announces Hamilton Architects as the Design Team to lead £20m transformation of Newry City Centre

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Newry, Mourne and Down District Council has appointed Hamilton Architects as the design team lead for the Council’s transformational £20m city centre regeneration projects, which aim to transform Newry as a place to live, work, invest and visit.

Hamilton Architects Senior Partner Paul Millar said: “We are delighted to be leading the design team on these prestigious regeneration projects. We are already working with the Council on other projects, so we are pleased to be able to continue what is already a very positive relationship.”

The proposed development will see the construction of a new theatre/conference facility and a civic hub alongside public realm in Newry City and forms part of the Belfast City Region Deal infrastructure project.

It is designed to regenerate the city’s historic core, promote opportunities for further investment from the public and private sectors and increase Newry’s attractiveness as a place to live, visit and do business.

Subject to various statutory approvals and securing contractor teams, construction of the theatre/ conference facility and civic hub projects are scheduled to commence in mid-2020.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman, Councillor Mark Murnin, said: "I am delighted that Hamilton Architects have been selected as the designers for Newry’s new Theatre/Conference facility and Civic Hub projects.

“I look forward to seeing their proposals that will help to regenerate our city for the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors."

Liam Hannaway, Chief Executive of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, welcomed the announcement and confirmed the City Centre Regeneration project reflects the Council’s aim to regenerate the City’s core.

The appointment of Hamilton for both projects is the result of two EU procurement competitions which attracted submissions from across Ireland, England and Scotland.

The two multi-disciplinary teams include Edmond Shipway as project managers and quantity surveyors, RPS Ireland as civil and structural engineers and Troup Bywater & Anders as mechanical and electrical engineers.

The Hamilton portfolio of work includes Crescent Arts Centre, Kingspan Stadium, SERC Performing Arts Centre, Down Arts Centre, Queen’s University Riddel Hall and the new DAERA headquarters in Limavady.