DoI reveals £20m plans for Douglas Promenade
A much needed development!
That is how the Infrastructure Minister has described plans to redevelop Douglas Promenade.
The £20.7 million scheme to reconstruct the stretch from Peveril Square to Strathallan Crescent was unveiled on Monday afternoon.
Tynwald will next week be asked to back the proposal.
Work is earmarked to start in September 2018.
Infrastructure Minister Ray Harmer admits there will never be consensus, but says it’s time to create a national asset the Island can be proud of.
DOI design leader outlines £20m scheme
New designs for a cultural area opposite the Sefton Hotel will be the focal point of the proposed redevelopment of Douglas promenade.
That's according to Keith Podmore, design team leader at the Department of Infrastructure.
He says the new space will be linked to the town's centre via Church Road, creating a pedestrianised area which joins the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre.
Plans costing around £20 million pounds were unveiled by the Department yesterday (10 July), which include an open air theatre, new street furniture and changes to the horse tramway.
Mr Podmore says the cultural space could become a new 'centre' at the heart of the Island's capital:
Local authority pleased with compromises
Douglas Council has issued its response following the unveiling of the latest plans to redevelop the town's promenade.
The £20-million pound regeneration project would see the highway reconstructed and a 'cultural area' outside the Sefton Hotel.
The council says it's 'broadly supportive' of the design.
The latest plans for the promenade include an open-air theatre, new street furniture and changes to the horse tramway.
Council leader David Christian has praised the DoI for the close working relationship the two bodies have forged and says he's pleased compromises have been accepted on all sides.
He added that the council is keen to play a central role in replacing shelters, kiosks and other fixtures in a bit to revitalise the town, and 'transform the area into a gateway to the capital'.
The plans are subject to approval by Tynwald, which will debate and vote on them next week.