Portrush is enjoying new sense of vibrancy and opportunity as a major public realm scheme to transform the town nears completion.
The public realm investment, which is part of a £17m regeneration programme funded by Department for Communities (DfC), includes a range of measures which will enhance the resort’s appeal for visitors and residents alike.
The significant programme includes new granite paving, lighting columns and embellished railings along with contemporary benches and picnic tables. The emerging high quality streetscape will be complemented in the coming weeks by an extensive programme of road resurfacing which will transform the physical appearance of the town.
The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “The scheme has delivered a series of positive changes which signify an exciting new era of opportunity. Portrush has attracted visitors for generations and this public realm transformation will help to secure the resort’s future appeal, setting it apart as a high-quality seaside destination. The investment has helped to create a streetscape which matches the beauty of the town’s distinct geography, befitting of its position as a major tourism hub.
“We are grateful to the project delivery team including AECOM, FP McCann and the Council staff for their commitment to this project and look forward to seeing the scheme completed ahead of The 148th Open in July when we will showcase Portrush at its very best to tens of thousands of people.”
Ian McQuitty from the Department for Communities said: “It is encouraging to see the final elements of the Portrush Public Realm Scheme now underway with the last remaining areas of paving, lighting and street furniture currently being installed around the town. The Department has invested over £6million in this scheme as part of the wider Portrush Regeneration Programme and the difference the works are making to the entire streetscape are now becoming evident for everyone to see.
The improvements will help ensure that Portrush is seen as a vibrant town for all who live and work in the town and those who visit this summer and in years to come.”
Alongside the public realm scheme, Portrush Regeneration programme also includes a new train station development, Urban Development Grants and a Revitalise scheme.