South Tyrone Empowerment Programme
12 Beechvalley Way
Dungannon, Co Tyrone
Tel:028 8775 0211
The large scale development beside Tesco Supermarket in Dungannon’s Railway Park has been a hot topic of conversation in the town over the past few months. The building cuts an impressive figure against the Beechvalley landscape and this latest project by STEP is the culmination of many months and years of inclusive discussion, collaborative work and careful planning.
This is part of the EARLS Project which sees Mid Ulster Council and STEP work in partnership to deliver £7 million of investment in the town. It includes the new community building in Railway Park, the viewing tower and events space on Castle Hill and the new safe pathways and cycle routes around the town. The project is funded under the European Peace III Shared Spaces Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The building is due to complete in November and services delivery will start in January, an extremely positive start to the new year for the entire Dungannon community. STEP, Willowbank, and The Beacon Centre will be the main occupants of the building with a number of other voluntary sector organisations making use of the building on a regular basis with opportunities for room hire and event space.
Bernadette McAliskey, STEP CEO continues:
“The new building is generating a lot of interest as it progresses and we are looking forward to bringing a consortium of key service providers and local community groups to the Railway Park site. It will be a hub of diverse community activity, welcoming everyone through its doors, and will further strengthen Dungannon’s community sector. We are delighted to see years of grassroots work in the area paying dividends that will provide a legacy community resource for generations to come, and are rightfully proud that STEP, through a strong project team and collaborative cross-community network has moved forward with this project, proving that thinking big is not just for ‘big people’.
There has been a very tight construction timescale for a building of its scale, but the Project Manager from STEP, Fintan McAliskey asserts that thanks to the work of Hall Black Douglas Architects’ design coupled with QMAC Constructions’ professionalism the building will be ready on time. He also emphasizes appreciation for the work of key agencies such as Planning & Building Control, NIE, NI Water in helping STEP’s project team to meet SEUPB deadlines, it has overall been an admirable team effort from conception to realisation.
More details about the building and the EARLS project will become available in the coming months as the projects move towards their respective launch dates.