J5081 : 'Project 24', Bangor

taken 6 years ago, near to Bangor, Northern Ireland

'Project 24', Bangor
'Project 24', Bangor
View of the backs of the yellow, pink and purple 'pods'. Derelict properties on Queen's Parade are behind.
'Project 24', Bangor
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The following is taken from the North Down Borough Council website at LinkExternal link

"The Department for Social Development (DSD) has made £250,000 available for a temporary revitalisation project on the Queen’s Parade site, with the aim of strengthening economic regeneration in Bangor. Project 24 will build on the town’s vibrant art and craft scene by creating a new space for artists to work and display their art.

The project plan outlines the following elements:

*Constructing bespoke pods to provide mini studios for 24 artists (after two years the pods will be relocated to another site(s) within the town to sustain the venture)
*Landscaping the area around the pods to create seating and a performance space for events and displays
*Developing a new community garden, offering local people the opportunity to grow plants and vegetables.

The Council will oversee the delivery of Project 24. A design and build team will shortly be appointed and undertake consultation work. Construction on site will begin before the end of the year (subject to Planning Approval) and the project will be launched by Easter 2013."

The project opened on April 1st 2013 when the first artists moved into their 'pods'. See this related BBC news story at LinkExternal link
Queen's Parade development site, Bangor
A long term derelict site, on the southern side of Queen’s Parade, overlooking the marina. There have been many plans for its development none of which have even remotely looked like coming to fruition. The following is part of a press release issued by the Department for Social Development on 5 December 2012: “Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced his Department’s intention to take direct control of plans to develop Bangor’s Queen’s Parade Area. . . . The move will see the Department for Social Development (DSD) purchase the land portfolio owned by Karl Greenfarm Properties Limited. Site assembly and the task of obtaining planning permission for the Queen’s Parade scheme will now rest with the Department. DSD will work in partnership with North Down Borough Council and will also be engaging directly with local residents, business owners and all those who have shown an interest in the development plans.. . . . Nelson McCausland said: “This is good news for Bangor. I have decided that my Department will step in to take direct control of plans for the development of the Queen’s Parade area of the town as outlined in the Bangor Town Centre Masterplan. Karl Greenfarm Properties Limited has agreed to sell their land portfolio to the Department to allow for the development of this area. This will drive forward the development of Queen’s Parade and in time it will help breathe life back into the town centre and restore Bangor’s image as a destination town with tourist appeal. This is a prime opportunity site which when developed will improve the economic performance of the town centre.””.
The following application for planning permission was advertised at the end of October 2014: “W/2014/0456/F 21/10/2014 Lands bounded by 18-28 66 and 68 Main Street 2-51 King Street 5-18 Southwell Road 5-41 Queens Parade and Marine Gardens car park Bangor BT20 3BJ. Demolition of existing buildings at 9-12 and 39-41 Queens Parade, 20-42 Main Street, 6-34 King Street and 5-17 Southwell Road; retention, conversion and extension of 5-8 Queens Parade for a 40 bedroom hotel; erection of a mixed use development comprising culture and leisure facilities (class D), a 64 bedroom hotel, retails units, restaurants, offices (class b1 (a), 72 apartments and 8 terraced dwelling houses, multi-storey car park comprising 351 spaces, new accessess [sic] at King Street and Southwell Road, creation of a courtyard plaza and public open space on Marine Gardens including: play equipment, landscaping, bandstand, covered walkways, relocation of temporary buildings (Project 24) and covered event spaces as well as other ancillary uses.”
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Wednesday, 3 April, 2013   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 11 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Coastal  Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused 
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Temporary 
Place (from Tags)
Bangor 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 503 818 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:39.7447N 5:40.2052W
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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Artists Studios  Queens Parade  Art Pods  Derelict  Project 24  Bangor  Bangor (Co Down) 

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