Ards and North Down Borough Council is progressing ambitious plans to redevelop a 2.2 mile stretch of the seafront to help establish Bangor as a thriving town and prime visitor attraction in Northern Ireland.
The Bangor Waterfront Development is just one of a number of exciting tourism-led regeneration schemes eligible to receive funding from the Belfast Region City Deal. Circa £40M is available for the development via this bespoke package of funding from Westminster, with the remaining investment coming from both the Council (approximately £20M) and the private sector (approximately £4M).
In securing and investing this money, the Council’s ultimate aim is to help deliver on the vision for Bangor agreed by a range of local stakeholders in 2018. Full details of these discussions can be read in our Bangor Identity Framework document but in summary these stakeholders committed to the below vision for Bangor.
Our vision is to seamlessly connect the waterfront to the rest of the town and, in so doing, provide a unique range of opportunities for residents and visitors to have their lives and businesses enriched by a mix of public spaces, creative events, activities, attractions and experiences that speak of local stories to a global audience.
In August 2019 the Council appointed AECOM as the consultants to lead on the delivery of this project and to deliver on this vision. AECOM offers a multidisciplinary team approach with specialisms in master planning, public realm design, transport, engineering and sustainability services; as well as creative input from Hemingway Design, who have an impressive track record in coastal regeneration.
Working with the Council, AECOM undertook a very significant amount of consultation to really understand the qualities that make Bangor special and local people’s hopes for the future of the waterfront. Read more about this process and the findings here Survey findings pdf.
Read more about benefits for Bangor and the people who live there at Benefits of Regeneration | Ards and North Down Borough Council
The Next Steps in this ambitious plan for Banfor can be found at Next Steps | Ards and North Down Borough Council
The Bangor Waterfront Scheme – seamlessly connecting our waterfront to our town and creating unique opportunities for residents, visitors and businesses alike.
Wayne Hemmingway discusses the exciting plans for Bangor Waterfront in the short video below, please click on the image to view.
Alternatively, view this video on our YouTube Channel here https://youtu.be/bCAu5TOuwcA
Follow the journey at: ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk/BangorWaterfront