Lurgan secures £2m towards regeneration
ALMOST £2 million of National Lottery funding has been secured to regenerate Lurgan's historic town centre.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant to Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council (ABC Council) in support of a five-year Townscape Heritage project to breathe new life into the commercial heart of Lurgan and celebrate its rich built and cultural heritage.
Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for Northern Ireland, Paul Mullan, said the regeneration was "transform" Lurgan's
streetscape, helping to attract new residents and businesses to the town centre and boost the local economy.
The new project will support the repair and conservation of twenty-five historic properties within the town's conservation area, bringing back into sustainable use much-needed, valuable commercial floor space and providing new residential accommodation opportunities.
A programme of 50 events and activities will also help attract new visitors to the town centre to celebrate its unique heritage, revitalising the area and repositioning Lurgan as a vibrant place to live, work and visit.
Welcoming the award, councillor Julie Flaherty, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon, said:
“I am thrilled that the Lurgan Townscape Heritage scheme has secured almost £2m from the HLF, and I am delighted to announce that ABC Council is adding over £2m in additional funds to support the scheme. Heritage-led regeneration is a great way to promote civic pride and access to local places, and I welcome this scheme, along with a number of complimentary heritage activities.”