Northern Ireland Planning Service

Foster visits award-winning Newcastle promenade

Published on Thu, 22 Nov 2007
Environment Minister Arlene Foster visited the Newcastle promenade today to see how its regeneration has transformed the town's seafront.
Earlier this year, the promenade was awarded the prestigious UK Civic Trust Northern Ireland Public Realm Award, sponsored by the Northern Ireland Arts Council, in recognition of its significant and beneficial impact on the appearance and enjoyment of Newcastle.
The Minister said: “It is easy to see why this regeneration scheme has received UK wide recognition. The new promenade and streetscape brings a new lease of life to the town. It fully complements the magnificent backdrop of the Mourne Mountains and creates a wonderful experience for local residents, helping to restore Newcastle’s prominence as a leading seaside destination.
“It is a credit to the hard work of Down District Council and the architectural profession and construction industry in this country. It demonstrates the positive impact that development can have on people’s quality of life. It is an excellent example of what Northern Ireland can offer to tourists.”
The Minister was accompanied by representatives of Down District Council.

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Civic Trust Awards are for outstanding examples of new architecture, restoration, town planning, landscapes and public art. In addition to design excellence, they recognise projects that benefit their local communities and environments
  2. The Planning Service works in partnership with the Civic Trust to organise the Northern Ireland Awards.
  3. Entries for the 2008 Civic Trust Awards are currently under consideration.
  4. For news media enquiries call DOE Press Office on 028 9054 0003 or out-of-hours call the EIS Duty Press Officer on pager 076 9971 5440.

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