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Architect needed for £6m Lagan Canal visitor hub

Lisburn
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Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council in partnership with Lagan Canal Trust is seeking an architect for its £6 million Discover Waterways Lisburn project

The ambitious scheme will restore both Union Locks and Becky Hogg’s Lock and create a new visitor destination focussing on the canal’s history.

The winning team will transform the Lock Keepers Cottage at Union Locks into a new café or retail unit and deliver bunk house-style accommodation in three new town houses.

Nearby Navigation House will meanwhile see its ground floor transformed into a new visitor centre and its derelict stable block converted into a new teaching facility.

Detailed plans, an economic appraisal and preparation of a funding application will all be required.

The initiative is part of the trust’s wider plans to restore the entire 43 kilometre-long Lagan Canal which connects Belfast to Lough Neagh and opened in 1763 but fell into disrepair in the 1950s.

According to the invitation to tender: ‘The Discover Waterways Lisburn project area presents potential for a unique restoration and conservation project in the area surrounding Union Locks at Lisburn. This would be combined with the opportunity to share and grow the site into a visitor destination for Northern Ireland.

‘The project has the potential to be an exemplar of restoration and conservation of a group of important regional industrial heritage assets through partnership at local, regional, national and international level.

‘Working with local communities, volunteers, and other stakeholders the Council will bring together a wealth of relevant experience in waterways heritage restoration which is exciting and fresh in Northern Ireland.’

The deadline for applications is 12noon on 25 February.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Kathryn Cahill
Lisburn City Council

Email: kathryn.cahill@lisburn.gov.uk

Lisburn

Lisburn

The Discover Waterways Lisburn Project

 

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