Regeneration Projects

Armagh City Centre
We continue to invest in the physical and economic fabric of Armagh City Centre and work closely with Armagh City Centre Management to secure funding for regeneration projects.

Recent projects include:

  • NEW – Delivery of Armagh Revitalisation Project funded by the Department of Social Development.
  • £150,000 has been secured over 2 years to develop events and associated infrastructure, a Christmas grotto, mystery shopper visits and development of a customer care standard and loyalty card for Armagh City and to address key vacant/derelict sites.
  • Delivery of an 11 street Environmental Improvement scheme that refurbished footpaths and roadways, introduced a new ‘white’ street lighting scheme, new street furniture and signage.
  • Completion of 6 new artworks as part of the City Centre Public Art Strategy.
  • Delivery of shop front improvement grants and a spruce-up paint scheme.
  • Promoting Armagh locally and regionally via an annual marketing and events programme which continues to grow and improve each year.
  • Supporting and promoting the Living Over the Shop Scheme administered by the NI Housing Executive.
  • Financing a City Centre Manager to work with the business sector on a range of agreed programmes and initiatives.

For more information contact the Urban Regeneration.

Contact Details
Urban Regeneration
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Armagh
BT60 4EL
Tel: 028 3752 9632
Fax: 028 3752 9631
Email: urbanregeneration@armagh.gov.uk

Richhill Townscape Heritage Initiative

Richhill has received the approval for work to commence on a £1.5 million regeneration scheme which will transform the village. Funding for the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is coming from a number of sources. These include Armagh City and District Council, the Planning Service and a contribution from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The scheme was initiated by Richhill Buildings Preservation Trust who are a local community group whose aim is to secure the fabric of the village’s historic buildings. They also want to enhance the range of local services and visitor facilities.

Keith Gilmour has been appointed as the Project Manager for this regeneration scheme in Richhill. This will involve the restoration of approximately 20 buildings over a four year period. All the properties are situated within the Conservation Area of the village. Keith will work with all the owners of the targeted properties ensuring a high standard of design and workmanship in all projects.

For more information contact:

Contact Details
Keith Gilmour
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Armagh
BT60 4EL
Tel: 028 3752 9600 Ext. 3322
Mobile: 07825 141492
Email: keith.gilmour@armagh.gov.uk

Shambles Revitalisation

Artist Impression - Shambles YardThe project funded by the International Fund for Ireland’s Community Based Economic & Social Regeneration Programme and Armagh City & District Council, is an innovative cross-community partnership approach towards changing the physical environment, and more importantly maximising potential for social and economic development for the Shambles Market Yard.

An extensive consultation in 2007 received huge support towards investigating funding opportunities to develop the Shambles Yard, and when the final joint application from Armagh City and District Council and Armagh Church Forum was agreed and submitted, the International Fund for Ireland responded favourably. The Project has now been given the go ahead and the Fund have agreed to contribute around £790,000 towards developing the Shambles Yard into a ‘shared space’. Additional funding will come from Armagh City and District Council.

In partnership with the 4 main Churches in Armagh, the Council will oversee the development and implementation of the Project.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Now the green light has been given to the scheme, the Churches and Council will begin to focus on the timescale for delivery.

The Shambles Regeneration scheme will be rolled out on a phased basis over the next few years. The timescales are tight, but the Council, Church representatives and IFI are keen to keep up the momentum and enthusiasm so that the regeneration project will come sooner rather than later.

Over the next few months, attention will focus on the appointment of a design team to deliver the scheme. Consultation with statutory agencies and other stakeholders will also be ongoing. It is hoped that if everything goes according to schedule and detailed plans are approved we should see work commencing on the ground early 2012.

For more information contact the:

Regeneration and Development Department
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Armagh
BT60 4EL
Tel: 028 3752 9642
Fax: 028 3752 9631
Email: regeneration@armagh.gov.uk

SOAR

SOAR [Southern Organisation for Action in Rural areas] is the Joint Committee and Local Action Group for the Armagh, Craigavon and Newry & Mourne Council areas.

We are responsible for the administration of the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme 2007-2013 (NIRDP) within the rural areas of Armagh, Craigavon and Newry. The NIRDP is part financed by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and is managed by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

SOAR is responsible for the delivery of Axis 3 – Improving the quality of life in rural areas and encouraging diversification of economic activity which includes the following measures:

Click the links below for more information on each Measure.

Contact Details
SOAR Rural Development
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Armagh
BT60 4EL
Tel: 028 3752 9618
Fax: 028 3752 9601
Email: armagh@soarni.org
Website: www.soarni.org

Villages Re-imaging Programme

This project is to encourage community pride, growth and vitality within the rural environment.  The project aims to support 14 rural villages where the communities have been isolated and marginalised due to their location and in some instances their proximity to the inter-regional frontier.

Armagh City and District Council in partnership with the villages hopes to create enthusiasm, synergy and renewed interest in each area, promoting natural resource within each village and instil a feeling of pride within the communities so that the businesses and communities become ambassadors for their villages.  This should compliment other programmes such as tourism and develop a culture of tourism within rural areas.

Current projects:

Seagahan Dam
The Seagahan Dam Project is endeavouring to develop a facility for increased usage. The project essentially will see an access to the Countryside Programme around the only Reservoir in County Armagh. The project involves creating a path along the south side of the lake to create a 10km circular walking route around the lake and installation of seats, litter bins and signage to make the area more attractive to tourists, local people and anglers.

Mini Masterplans Richhill and Keady
Armagh City and District Council are to commission a qualified professional consultant to develop a Strategic Integrated Plan for Keady and Richhill. The plans should be fully costed to Bill of Quantity Stage and have all necessary constuction implementation detailed.

Contact Details
Economic Development
Armagh City and District Council
The Palace Demesne
Armagh
BT60 4EL
Tel: 028 3752 9642
Fax: 028 3752 9631
Email: economicdevelopment@armagh.gov.uk