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24/05/2024

Refurb Work On Phase One Of Barn And Yard Conservation Complete

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Refurbishment work on phase one of the Eglinton Barn and Yard conservation in Glenarm has been completed.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, officially opened the Council facility, unveiling a plaque at an event showcasing the venue.

Council worked closely with the Glenarm Village Committee to complete phase one of the project - preserving the heritage value of this historical asset. Works at the top-class facility consisted of replacing the roof on the barn, undertaking essential conservation works to the walls of the barn and yard, demolition of the former office accommodation block, levelling of the yard surface and installation of electric power points and lighting in the barn.

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The works were deemed essential to make the site safe for use following the recommendations set out in a structural engineer’s report commissioned by Council. The completion of the work will allow the site to be used once again by Council, the local community and Glenarm Village Committee for a wide range of events - including a monthly Artisan Market.

Alderman Gerardine Mulvenna, said: "This revitalised space is a key part of the wider Tourism Led Regeneration Action Plan approved by MEA Council in June 2021. I am delighted to see it progressing so well – not only is it an amazing tourist destination in the beautiful village of Glenarm - it is also a multi-purpose events space which can be used for speciality markets, music events, community meetings and private events such as weddings.

"I'd like to thank the local community for being so supportive and particularly local groups who we have engaged with over the past few years to get this much needed project over the line. I look forward to the next stages of the redevelopment."

Plans for phase two of the project have been developed by the Jones, Ramage and Robinson Consortium, with planning permission granted in April 2024.

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