Almost £2m of National Lottery funding will regenerate Lurgan.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded the grant to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC Council). The funding is in support of a five-year Townscape Heritage project to breathe new life into the commercial heart of Lurgan. It plans to celebrate its rich built and cultural heritage.
Announcing the award, Head of HLF for Northern Ireland, Paul Mullan, said:
“Thanks to National Lottery players, this heritage-led regeneration will transform Lurgan’s historic streetscape. It will help to attract new residents and businesses to the town centre and boost the local economy.
“The Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council area was chosen as an investment priority for HLF in 2013. Since then we’ve worked with local groups and organisations to develop heritage projects that matter to them.
“I am delighted to report that as we come to the end of our current Strategic Plan, HLF has supported 34 different projects. We have invested more than £6m into the local area.”
Lurgan was once a thriving market town with an architectural heritage dating back to the 17th century. But today many of the historic buildings which give the town centre its unique character have fallen into disrepair. The new project will support the repair and conservation of 25 historic properties within the town’s Conservation Area. It is bringing back into sustainable use much-needed, valuable commercial floor space. This will also be providing new residential accommodation opportunities.
A programme of 50 events and activities will help attract new visitors to the town centre to celebrate its unique heritage. Funding is revitalising the area and repositioning Lurgan as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
Councillor Joe Nelson, chair of Lurgan Townscape Heritage Partnership added:
“Our council has committed to developing and enhancing this borough in a sustainable way. We aim to increase community understanding and enjoyment of the natural and built environment. Restoring and revitalising buildings within conservation areas is a key part of protecting our rich and varied built heritage for current and future generations to enjoy.”