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Planning Committee approves latest works at Ebrington

13 April 2021

Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council's Planning Committee have approved plans for the proposed change of use and refurbishment of buildings at Ebrington Square to extend the provision of new office accommodation at the historic site.

Extensive work has already been completed in the development of the strategically significant site, and the decision is the next step in the plans to transform the existing buildings to offer top class facilities attracting business and investment to the Waterside area.

At the monthly meeting of Council's Planning Commitee held virtually yesterday it was recommended that Members approve plans for the change of use, refurbishment, remodelling and extension of the existing guard house building at No 10 Ebrington Square, with minor elevational works to Building 10A.

The works will provide new office accommodation incorporating meeting rooms and other associated facilities at Number 10. The building is a Grade 2 listed building, located along the southern side of Ebrington Square. The committee was told that the development would bring extra footfall to the Ebrington site and assist in promoting the vitality and sustainability of this important area of shared space.

Members welcomed the proposal and also approved plans for the change of use of the buildings 85 and 85A on the site. The former Officer's Mess will undergo internal alterations with the addition of a lift shaft and a flat roof extension, transforming the building into a modern office space, adding to the site's growing portfolio of modern business facilities.

Chair of the Planning Committee, Councillor Christopher Jackson, said he was delighted to see work continue to progress at the site. "This is just the latest step in the complete transformation of the site at Ebrington Square and the journey towards achieving its potential as a hugely important business and cultural hub for the city. The site is unique in bringing together both Derry's past and future stories.

"During the pandemic, people have really been making use of the space with its beautiful panoramic views of the city and open walkways and recreational areas. As the work continues and more businesses choose to locate to the site, Ebrington will become the vibrant, attractive and buzzing heart of the Waterside community. I look forward to seeing this area continue to develop and improve over the coming months."