Derry City and Strabane District Council has appointed contractors to carry out refurbishment works on the proposed new visitor information centre at Waterloo Place.
The works will comprise a full fit-out of the internal commercial unit on the ground floor units.
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane Council Michaela Boyle said: “We are delighted that contractors have been appointed for this hugely important tourism capital project and welcome the fact that they will be on site as soon as possible. The relocation of the Visit Derry Information Centre from Foyle Street right into the heart of the city centre and adjacent to the famous, historic walls, is a significant project for Council and its partners that will greatly benefit our tourism business and domestic and overseas visitors. The designs for this are really very impressive and when completed will be worldclass. This project will enhance the entire Waterloo Place area of the city and bring new life and activity into a key retail area in the city centre. The Council strongly believes that the new location will be popular with tourists as Guildhall Square and Waterloo Place is a central hub for visitors to the city and that it will greatly help retailers and local businesses in that area of the city centre.”
Rosemarie McHugh, Tourism NI, said: “This is a significant project for tourism in Derry-Londonderry and we are delighted to support it. Since hosting the UK City of Culture in 2013, overnight trips in the city have increased by almost a third with visitor spend growing by one fifth and the appeal of Derry-Londonderry as an international visitor destination continues to grow. The new visitor centre will provide an interactive experience with enhanced digital offering and combined with the new central location, this will allow visitors to easily access information on everything the city has to offer.”
Construction work is commencing with a view to being completed in the spring so that it can be open to the public by May 2020.