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Public Realm Work Begins In Conway Square


Public Realm Work Begins In Conway Square


Public Realm work, which will transform the heart of Newtownards town centre, has begun today (5 January).

Joint funded by Ards Borough Council and the Department for Social Development, the project forms part of the ongoing  £5.5M  rejuvenation scheme  that has been taking place in Newtownards since September 2014.

The Mayor of Ards, Councillor Philip Smith, said:

 “The work in Conway Square will transform the very heart of the town, creating a new modern space that will help promote Newtownards as a prime visitor and retail destination, encourage a family-friendly evening economy, and hopefully bring increased trade to the town”.

The new design will reflect the history of the town, retaining the Blair Mayne Statue and TT Memorial within their existing setting, with natural stone paving selected for Conway Square and the surrounding footpaths, and lighting columns chosen to match the existing street lights.

Curved street furniture and bespoke seating, including sections with back rest, alongside feature lighting and contemporary style litter bins and bollards, will create a modern look for the town centre.   

New trees will also be planted, and the Square will benefit from enhanced power and water supplies, as part of the project.

The project is one of three Public Realm schemes taking place in the Ards Borough which are being match-funded by the Department for Social Development (DSD) and delivered by Ards Borough Council in an investment totalling over £10M.  Work is also taking place in Donaghadee and Comber.