Plans to transform the historic town of Carrickfergus have taken a significant step forward with the appointment of leading design, architectural and engineering specialists McAdam Design to help deliver the £42m project.
The Belfast Region City Deal initiative will regenerate, reposition and rebrand Carrickfergus, firmly placing the town on the map as an authentic, heritage-led, tourism hub, and a ‘must-visit’ starting point to the internationally acclaimed Causeway Coastal Route.
Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, said: “The appointment of McAdam Design is excellent news and crucial to our continued progress on the Belfast Region City Deal vision for Carrickfergus and Mid and East Antrim generally.
“McAdam Design is rightly regarded as one of the United Kingdom’s leading experts in design, engineering and architecture and we are delighted as a Council to have secured their expertise, experience and knowledge on this crucial project that will vastly improve Carrickfergus for residents, visitors and businesses alike.”
The work will deliver upgrades and improvements to Carrickfergus Castle – including its visitor hub and historic walls – alongside a significantly enhanced public realm scheme that will improve the Norman Castle’s connection to the town centre.
The work is expected to boost Mid and East Antrim’s economy by more than £9m and create around 155 jobs in the attractions. Construction work is expected to create more than 140 jobs per year, with work due to be completed by 2029.