An application has been submitted to Ards and North Down Borough Council by Bangor Marine Ltd, the partnership behind a £50m regeneration project at Queen’s Parade, Bangor which is set to transform the historic seafront of Bangor. The proposed redevelopment supports the regeneration of Bangor town centre and includes a 67 bedroom hotel, 70,000 sq. ft. of office accommodation, 138 residential units, the creation of a new public realm area adjacent to the promenade, complemented by food and beverage outlets and an undercroft car park.
Bangor Marine is a joint venture partnership between Karl Group and Farrans created specifically to deliver this project, which will provide the opportunity to create a premier waterfront destination. The scheme will regenerate a historic development opportunity site and in turn should encourage further investment and redevelopment within the town centre.
A spokesperson on behalf of Bangor Marine commented, “We are delighted to submit our exciting plans for the transformation of Queen’s Parade and Marine Gardens in Bangor. Submission of these plans follows a period of extensive and meaningful engagement with Ards and North Down Borough Council, the Department for Communities and, most importantly the people of Bangor.’
“We welcome the overwhelmingly positive feedback received during our far-reaching pre-application community consultation and look forward to working with all project partners and statutory agencies to support a positive planning outcome. Bangor Marine is committed to progressing this application through to conclusion and hope to begin work on these exciting plans as soon as possible.”
Central to the plans is a vibrant mix of uses including the promotion of modern office space and town centre living. The mix of uses aim to ensure Bangor and its waterfront becomes a destination for play, relaxation and connection with the natural, coastal environment.
The regeneration plans also seek to better connect Queen’s Parade with the seafront by redeveloping the Marine Gardens car park into an attractive public realm area consisting of external events space, cafes, sheltered promenade and kiosks, beach, seafront lawns, children’s play area and water feature. This area will better connect the seafront and the Marina with the town centre and provide a destination for town centre users.
Angela Wiggam, Director at planning consultants Turley commented: “Queen’s Parade has been designed to reinvigorate Bangor town centre through the delivery of a high quality mixed use proposal and critical to this vision is the creation of high quality and attractive spaces and places between the new and existing buildings”.
Nigel Murray, Todd Architects commented: This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to define the town for generations to come. The design takes its direction from the unique character of Bangor as a seaside town, marrying old and new, responding to the needs of residents and visitors alike. A key objective of the design has been to re-stitch the town back together, with a great deal of emphasis placed on creating connectivity through linked lanes and streets, whilst also providing welcoming, social and inclusive spaces. At a time when the vitality of our high streets and town centres is of significant concern, these plans provide an opportunity to reinvigorate the town centre through the delivery of a high quality mixed use proposal to secure long-term benefits for Bangor, creating employment, attracting visitors and stimulating further investment for the town and the local area.”
Following this submission, the application will likely be brought to Ards and North Down Planning Committee later this year.