22 May 2018
Our environmental consultants are supporting Northern Ireland's Department for Communities (DfC) with the remediation of Fort George in Derry-Londonderry to prepare it for future development.
Strategically positioned on the city's west river bank, the DfC’s 15-acre regeneration site represents major potential for real social and economic benefits at the northern end of the city. It is one of many endeavours by the DfC to tackle disadvantage and build sustainable communities.
Following completion, the site will potentially accommodate 82,274 square metres of gross floor space, covering residential, employment and education uses, alongside retail, cafes, bars and restaurants, and associated multi-storey parking.
Having gained planning permission in late 2015, our team has worked hard to secure procurement and the appointment of Deane Public Works Ltd. to undertake remediation works. Set to launch later this month, the £1.2m remediation works are expected to last eight months. We will continue supporting the DfC to ensure implementation of a full and prompt remediation strategy.
Statutory authorities have agreed on a risk assessment and precautions in line with good civil engineering practices to prevent noise and dust disturbances to the local area.
The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh said: “On behalf of Council, I am very pleased that work on the remediation of this significantly important site is being progressed. Fort George is a hugely important strategic site for the city with huge potential in terms of investment and regeneration for the city moving forward.”
Stuart Martin, Associate at WYG, also commented on the project: “After being involved with the DfC for several years now, it’s a relief to see the remediation works commence. Our investigation, assessment, and design of the remediation is the first step in unlocking this site for economic development.”