Derry Public Realm officially opened by Minister

Northern Ireland Social Development Minister Alex Attwood unveiled the city centre public realm scheme in Derry’s Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place Monday 20th December 2010.

The major regeneration project, designed by BDP, is the most significant ever made in public space in Derry, and has created a high quality, modern, urban landscape in the heart of the city. In addition to the public realm work, underground utilities including water and gas mains, electricity and telecoms have all been upgraded and replaced. FP McCann was the contractor on the scheme.

The official unveiling provided the opportunity for the presentation of the CEEQUAL Whole Project Award to Minister Attwood. The scheme achieved a CEEQUAL Interim Client & Design Award Excellent rating in 2009, and a CEEQUAL Whole Project Award Excellent rating in 2010 – both the highest possible CEEQUAL ratings. The scheme’s Whole Project score of 92.1% makes it CEEQUAL’s highest scoring Public Realm project to date.

The Mayor of Derry Councillor Colum Eastwood, making the presentation to Minister Attwood, and said  “The transformation of the Guildhall Square/Waterloo Place area is a major success story for this city and is welcomed by all of our citizens.  The very high quality spaces are a real benefit to the people who live here, who visit the city and are clearly encouraging further investment.  I am convinced that this scheme will create a platform for future successes for the City.”