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We’re pushing the boat out in Portaferry

Published: Fri, 16 Mar 2018
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We invested over £40,000 in transforming two derelict buildings on Ferry Street
We’ve collaborated with a range of organisations to regenerate Portaferry, including the restoration of two properties on Ferry Street.
As part of the ‘Heritage in Housing’ scheme, we partnered with Portaferry Regeneration Ltd, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Ards and North Down Borough Council to deliver a Townscape Heritage Initiative project which was completed earlier this month.
This included Housing Executive investment of over £40,000, for the restoration of two vacant buildings, within the historic conservation area.
The two properties on Ferry Street were originally built in the late 18th century and have been carefully restored.
This involved painstakingly dismantling and rebuilding the gable end of the rubblestone buildings as well as preserving their key architectural features.
They are now two beautiful homes and will provide much needed affordable rental accommodation in Portaferry.
We have also previously helped to regenerate the local area, through the Rural Development Programme, by funding a range of projects to enhance civic pride in the local area.
These include the installation of new signage, painting some of Portaferry’s previously unloved buildings and placing benches and hanging baskets at the lough shore for locals and tourists to enjoy.
We also provided funding for new signage
Sinead Collins, our Rural and Regeneration Manager, explains why we have got involved in rejuvenating Portaferry:
“By partnering with agencies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Portaferry Regeneration Ltd and Ards and North Down Borough Council, the Housing Executive is able to help local communities preserve their history for future generations.
“Portaferry is a beautiful conservation area and I am delighted that we have been able to create affordable housing in its town centre while also maintaining the character of its historic buildings.
“The Housing Executive is committed to fostering vibrant communities and Portaferry is a prime example of how we are we are helping to stimulate economic activity in local areas while enhancing their unique culture and heritage.”
We’re making a difference…
Please click here to see how the projects we’ve funded have benefited the local community