Derry City and Strabane District Council has appointed Marcon Fit-Out to carry out refurbishment works on the new Visit Derry visitor information centre at Waterloo Place.
Marcon will carry out the interior fit-out of the new state-of-the-art visitor information centre which will provide an interactive experience for visitors to the city. Works will consist of the full fit-out of the ground floor unit and will include all mechanical and electrical works, manufacture and installation of specialist joinery, audio visual hardware and software and graphics throughout the centre.
Mark O’Connor, Director, Marcon said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the fit-out of the new Visit Derry visitor information centre. The new centre will be a fantastic first port of call for visitors to the city. We are really looking forward to working with Derry City and Strabane District Council and the entire project team on delivering this exciting project.”
Welcoming the announcement, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr Michaela Boyle said it was fantastic news for the city and region. She said: “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 world class. 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.”
Rosemarie McHugh, Product Development Director, Tourism NI, adds: “This is a significant project for tourism in Derry~Londonderry and we are delighted to support it. 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.”
Deputy Director of the Department for Communities’ North West Development Office, Paul McNaught concludes: “The Department is pleased to provide funding to facilitate the relocation of the Visit Derry Information Centre to a more central location within the city centre. The new premises will transform the visitor experience providing an attractive and accessible facility that will leave a lasting and positive impression of what the city and region has to offer. The project is the latest in the Department’s portfolio that will, in partnership with Council and other stakeholders, breathe new life into our city centre.”
Work begins on site early January and will be open to the public in May 2020.
Caption: Group pictured at the announcement of the commencement of work on the new offices of Visit Derry at Waterloo Place. From left are Michelle Murray (DCSDC), Jenny O’Donnell (DCSDC), Colin Kirkpatrick (Tourism NI), Mark O’Connor (Marcon Fit-Out), Paul McNaught (Department for Communities), Aeidin McCarter (DCSDC) and Odhran Dunne (Visit Derry).