Armagh station to be demolished

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Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has granted demolition consent for an old fire station in the Shambles in Armagh City which will enable the erection of the Aonach Mhacha Irish Culture Centre.

The demolition of the building at 70 Upper English Street will clear the site to facilitate the erection of the centre.

It was recommended for approval by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, and the development has the potential to rejuvenate a historic part of Armagh city.

The development includes incubation hubs for social enterprises, office accommodation, a cafe, gift shop, teaching units, meeting rooms, multi-purpose area for performance/dance, media suite and art gallery and exhibition space.

Mr Durkan said, “The development site was identified for redevelopment in the city masterplan and it will enhance the conservation area in which this building is located. This is an exciting development.”