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New road completed at St Patrick’s Regeneration Site, Ballymena

David McQuitty, Department for Infrastructure; Gerard Murray, Director Regional Development Office, Department for Communities; Roy McNeilly, Contracts Manager, FP McCann Ltd; Gerard McLarnon, Technical Director, Amey Consulting Ltd.

(L-R) David McQuitty, Department for Infrastructure; Gerard Murray, Director Regional Development Office, Department for Communities; Roy McNeilly, Contracts Manager, FP McCann Ltd; Gerard McLarnon, Technical Director, Amey Consulting Ltd.


A key stage in the transformation of the St Patrick’s regeneration site in Ballymena has been reached, with the completion of a new £7.5million road funded by the Department for Communities.


The road is now open to traffic, with pathways along the river that were closed to facilitate works now re-opened. Around 280 semi-mature trees and 14,000 square metres of shrub and hedging have been planted. 



Director of the Department for Communities Regional Development Office, Gerard Murray commented:


“The completion of this road is a vital stage in the regeneration of the former St Patrick’s Barracks and links the site back to the Ballymena community and town centre. For the first time in decades, local people can travel through the site, as the road not only facilitates the site’s regeneration plans but also provides a link from the north of the town towards the Larne link road and opens it up to the river and land around the Ecos Park. 


“Anyone using the new road, footpaths and cycle way will be able to see how much the site is being transformed. 


"Construction is well under way by Radius Housing of the shared housing scheme, as well as Northern Regional College’s new campus bordering the site. 



"Plans are well progressed for civic space, a leisure & wellbeing centre, PSNI building and the I4C innovation campus. This is really the beginning of what will be delivered here and shows what can be achieved when there is genuine collaboration.


"We continue to work with all our partners, including Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and PSNI, to deliver on our shared vision.”


The scheme was delivered by FP McCann Ltd and Amey for the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) who managed the project on behalf of DfC. 


Divisional Roads Manager Alan Keys said:


“The Department for Infrastructure has worked closely with the Department for Communities and our contractors on the delivery of this important scheme which will deliver significant benefits to Ballymena and the wider area.



“It is particularly pleasing that walking and cycling links have been improved by the construction of this road to provide people with sustainable and active travel options for their journeys.


“The opening of the new road is great news for the local community and will play a vital part in the ongoing regeneration of the area.”


As part of their contract, FP McCann delivered a wide range of community benefits. These included paid employment, apprenticeships, university placements and school placements. They also worked closely locally, with talks and visits for local schools & community groups and repainted playground lines for Ballymena Nursery School.



The new road is one element of a wider regeneration of the St Patrick’s site, led by the Department for Communities, which includes residential homes, a new civic space, a leisure and wellbeing centre, an Integrated Industrial Inspiration and Innovation Campus, and a new PSNI building.


The extensive programme, led by the Department for Communities in association with MEABC, NRC, Radius Housing and the PSNI, will deliver regeneration works to transform the site bringing economic and social benefits to the wider Ballymena area estimated at approximately £160 million of investment.


More detail on the development, including drone footage of the construction of the road, is available here: https://www.communities-ni.gov.uk/articles/st-patricks-regeneration 

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