New restaurant and health clinic proposed for Derry's Ebrington Square
PLANS have been submitted to turn former military accommodation at Derry’s Ebrington Square into a new health clinic and restaurant.
A private sector health business is understood to be behind the proposal, which also includes three apartments and the redevelopment of the 5,850 sq ft walled garden at ‘building 17’.
Last occupied in July 2003, the listed 4,040 sq ft ‘Barrack Masters House’ is located on the southern end of Ebrington Square, close to Heron Bros’ new Ebrington Plaza office development.
Built around 1841, it was due to be part of the £12 million Quiet Man distillery project, which was scrapped in 2018.
The former military accommodation and three other buildings were placed on the market during 2019 in a new search for investors.
The Barrack Master House was back on the market last year with expressions of interest sought for the three-storey building, which includes a 5,850 sq ft walled garden.
It’s understood a new investor has been found, with a conservation architect now appointed to bring the building back to life.
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Documents published on the public planning portal propose locating the bar/restaurant on the lowest level, opening onto a new terrace, with the health clinic at ground level.
Three apartments are proposed for the upper levels.
Ebrington Square is also home to a number of restaurants, including The Embankment, Walled City Brewery and the new Ebrington Hotel.
The latest plans come amid an ongoing fallout over the use of Ebrington Square for public events that has led to protests and TEO admitting to paying three parties £280,000 in ‘mediation’.
Four concerts scheduled for the Square in August had their permission withdrawn by TEO after the Ebrington Hotel reportedly raised objections.
The gigs were given the green light after the hotel, which opened in July, dropped its objection in the face of a public backlash.