Ilex, the urban regeneration company today officially opened the newest shared space in Derry~Londonderry, with First Minister the Rt. Hon. Peter Robinson MLA; deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP MLA and the Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney.
Outlining the importance of the new public square, Chairman of Ilex , Sir Roy McNulty said: “Following on from the launch of the One Plan and Peace Bridge in June last year, this is another major milestone for the city, offering new opportunities for leisure, tourism and job creation.
Designed as a multi-purpose shared space, this Square and all it represents are key elements in the City’s regeneration programme. It will become a new cultural hub for the City and will host key events throughout the UK City of Culture 2013. In just a few months, the eyes of the world will be on this unique square when, on June 21st, the Peace One Day concert is held, launching the Cultural Olympiad in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics”.
Kieran Doyle, Regional Director of SIAC (NI) Ltd added: “SIAC (NI) Ltd is delighted to have worked on this prestigious project which has been a welcome boost to our ongoing operations and expansion in Northern Ireland.
Ebrington is by far the largest single area that SIAC has undertaken and we are very proud to be associated with a project of such significance. The square is designed to be as multi functional as possible and there are no fewer than five different surfaces across the 5+ acre area to allow for formal and informal use”.
The Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney said: “The celebration in Ebrington Square marks a momentous occasion in the continued cultural regeneration of Derry~Londonderry. The significance in the opening of the once restricted, ex-army military base, into a designated space for outdoor concerts, drama and other public performances, is another step in expanding the potential of the city and will play host to many of the events planned for 2012 and UK City of Culture 2013.”