Plans submitted for £50m regeneration project in Bangor, UK

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jan 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based planning and development consultancy Turley, on behalf of Bangor Marine, has submitted plans to the Ards and North Down Borough Council for the development of £50m regeneration project at Queen’s Parade and Marine Gardens in Bangor, UK.

Bangor Marine is a consortium of companies including UK-based Karl Group and building and civil engineering contractor Farrans, form to develop the regeneration project.

Turley is providing planning and strategic communications services for the proposed scheme, which supports the regeneration of Bangor town centre.

The proposed scheme will deliver a 67-room hotel, 70,000ft² of office accommodation, 138 residential units, new public realm area adjacent to the promenade, as well as food and beverage outlets and an undercroft car park.   

Bangor Marine official Aran Blackbourne said: “Submission of these plans follows a period of extensive and meaningful engagement with Ards and North Down Borough Council, the Department for Communities and, most importantly the people of Bangor.

“We welcome the overwhelmingly positive feedback received during our far-reaching pre-application community consultation and look forward to working with all project partners and statutory agencies to support a positive planning outcome.”

The scheme’s Marine Gardens Public Realm features external events space, cafes, sheltered promenade & kiosks, beach, seafront lawns, children’s play area & water feature, a hotel, a destination/cinema building, and residential units, among others.

Todd Architects official Nigel Murray said: “The design takes its direction from the unique character of Bangor as a seaside town, marrying old and new, responding to the needs of residents and visitors alike.

“A key objective of the design has been to re-stitch the town back together, with a great deal of emphasis placed on creating connectivity through linked lanes and streets, whilst also providing welcoming, social and inclusive spaces.”

Ards and North Down Mayor Alderman Bill Keery said: “The regeneration of Queen’s Parade is critical to the future of Bangor and working with Council’s plans to help regenerate the Bangor Waterfront will help to maximise the economic growth potential of the wider Borough of Ards and North Down.

“With the formal planning application now submitted, I am delighted that we are taking such a significant and exciting step forward in this important investment project.”

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Illustration of the regeneration project at Queen’s Parade and Marine Gardens in Bangor. (Credit: Turley)

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