Public Realm

Ballymena Public Realm

Image of the proposed public realm works in Ballymena
  • The scheme aims to significantly enhance public space, accessibility, and safety within the town centre and is expected to add new vitality as well as stimulating support from within the local community to promote more creative uses for the area.

Ballymena Public Realm Update

Contact Details

Update week commencing:

8 July 2018
&
15 July 2018

Remediation Work

  • The majority of the defect work is now complete, with some still to be carried out on Wellington Street after the holidays.
  • Evening work will continue to clean and seal the paving in the town centre.

Wellington Court

  • The majority of the paving is complete with the exception of the gate area on Wellington Street, outside the public toilets and the probation office doorways which are all to be completed after the holidays.
  • Pedestrian access is permitted, however vehicle access is not allowed until next Thursday when the paving grouting will have cured.

Mill Street

  • Work will continue on 18th July in preparation for the pavers to start w/c 22 July on the opposite side of the street.

Band Stand

  • There will be 2 bands playing from 11am – 3pm on Saturday 7 July with additional street entertainment.

It is anticipated that the majority of the public realm work will stop in the town centre on Friday 6 July until w/c 22 July with the exception of Mill Street. 

Update week commencing:

1 July 2018

Remediation Work

  • The majority of the defect work is now complete, with some still to be carried out on Wellington Street.
  • Evening work will commence to clean and seal the paving, starting on Monday night in Ballymoney Street.

Wellington Court

  • The paving is currently being grouted.
  • The relocation of the door to the Public Toilets is now planned for after the July holidays.
  • Access is now fully open on Church Street and Wellington Street.

Mill Street

  • Paving work will continue on one side of the street, aiming to complete by 6 July.
  • The opposite side of the street will started after the July holidays.
  • Work will continue outside Rococo.

Band Stand

  • The bandstand will be fully accessible.
  • It is envisaged that starting on Saturday 7 July, Council and BID will be providing a programme of summer entertainment at the Band Stand.  

Update week commencing:

24 June 2018

Remediation Work

  • Defect remedial work will take place in small isolated areas.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court is near completion.
  • The main door to the Public Toilets is due to be relocated. No restrictions to the facilities are anticipated.
  • Access will be fully open by the end of this week.

Mill Street

  • Paving will continue with 2 squads allocated, aiming to complete by 6th July.
  • The opposite side of the street will started after the July holidays.
  • Work will take place outside Rococo.

Band Stand

  • The work is due for completion within the next 2 weeks.

Update week commencing:

17 June 2018

Remediation Work

  • Defect remedial work will take place in small isolated areas.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court will continue.
  • The entrance from Church Street will be closed and access will be via Wellington Street.

Mill Street

  • The work to replace the pavements on Mill Street will continue.
  • One side of the pavement has been removed and covered temporarily with Bitmac.
  • The pavers will start at the Town Hall end and work up towards Rococo.
  • Work will also take place outside Rococo.

Band Stand

  • The cladding will continue on the main structure.

Update week commencing:

10 June 2018

Remediation Work

  • Defect remedial work will take place in small isolated areas.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court will continue.

Mill Street

  • The work to replace the pavements on Mill Street will continue.

Band Stand

  • The cladding will continue on the main structure and timber slats will be installed to granite seats.

Update week commencing:

3 June 2018

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court will continue.

Mill Street

  • The work to replace the pavements on Mill Street will continue.

Band Stand

  • The cladding will continue on the main structure and timber slats will be installed to granite seats.

Update week commencing:

27 May 2018

Remediation Work

  • Defect remedial work will continue on Ballymoney Street in small isolated areas.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court will continue.

Mill Street

  • The work to replace the pavements on Mill Street will continue.

Band Stand

  • The cladding will continue on the main structure.
  • The granite seating and paving will be cleaned and sealed.

Update week commencing:

20 May 2018

Remediation Work

  • Defect remedial work will continue on Ballymoney Street in small isolated areas.
  • Businesses in the immediate vicinity have been already been advised.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court will continue.
  • Church Street entrance will be closed during these works.
  • Access to the public toilets and businesses will be maintained via the Wellington Street entrance

Mill Street

  • The work to replace the pavements on Mill Street will continue.
  • The work will be carried out in sections to minimise disruption.

Band Stand

  • The cladding will continue on the main structure.

Update for week commencing:

13 May 2018

Remediation Work

  • Defect remedial work will commence on Ballymoney Street in small isolated areas.
  • Businesses in the immediate vicinity have been already been advised.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court will begin on Sunday 13 May.
  • Church Street entrance will be closed during these works.
  • Access to the public toilets and businesses will be maintained via the Wellington Street entrance.

Mill Street

  • New work will commence replacing the pavements on Mill Street on Sunday 13 May.
  • The work will be carried out in sections to minimise disruption.

Band Stand

  • The road has now been rebuilt and resurfaced all the way around the bandstand.
  • The cladding will continue on the main structure.

Update for week commencing:

7 May 2018

Remediation Work

  • Bryan Street will be open from Saturday onwards.
  • Drainage defects will be addressed on Wellington Street at night time.

Wellington Court

  • The resurfacing work in Wellington Court has been postponed until after the Bank Holiday Weekend.
  • Exploratory drainage work may take place on Friday.

Band Stand

  • The paving around the bandstand is to be completed.
  • The cladding is to start on the main structure.

Night Time Road Works

In order to facilitate the completion of the resurfacing of the road around the bandstand and drainage issues on Wellington Street, staged nighttime closures will take place between 7pm and 7am from Monday 7th May to Wednesday 9th May. Streets affected by the closures will be;

  • Wellington Street
  • Ballymoney Street
  • Church Street

Diversions and signage will be in place.

Update for week commencing:

29 April 2018

Remediation Work

  • Work has now been completed on Bryan Street/Wellington Street corner, however, the road will remain closed until Thursday evening. This is to allow the grouting around the paving to cure so the surface is suitable for vehicular traffic.
  • Work outside the Tower Centre is now completed.

Wellington Court

  • Exploratory drainage work will commence in Wellington Court.
  • From Wednesday onwards there will be no access from Church Street to Wellington Street.
  • Access to McKillens, the Probation Board, Citizens Advice and Public Toilets will be maintained via Wellington Street. •
  • Relevant signage will be in place.

Band Stand

  • Construction work will continue to the road in and around Broadway to facilitate the new canopy and seating. Work is on schedule with no delays reported at present. The following roads will remain closed until Saturday 5 May;
    • Broughshane Street (from Alexander Street junction)
    • Broadway
    • Broadway Avenue
    • Church Street Link
  • Work on the main canopy structure is ongoing.

Road Closures

Broughshane Street will be closed from the Alexander Street junction to Broadway until Saturday 5 May to conclude the road reconstruction.

Access to all businesses is still possible by foot and surrounding car parks are also accessible with diversion signs and business as usual signs in place.

Update for week commencing:

22 April 2018

Remediation Work

  • Due to an unforeseen issue with NIE cables, drainage works will continue on Bryan Street/Wellington Street corner until 30th April.  
  • Defect works on Wellington Street are ongoing with drainage works to follow.
  • All remedial defects on Church Street have now been completed, with some drainage defects still to be addressed.
  • Minor works will continue on Ballymoney Street.

Band Stand

Major construction work will be undertaken to the road in and around Broadway to facilitate the new canopy and seating. As a result, the following roads will be closed from 07.30am Sunday 22 April until 07.30 Saturday 5 May;  

  • Broughshane Street (from Alexander Street junction)
  • Broadway
  • Broadway Avenue
  • Church Street Link

Road Closures

  • As a result of the road closure for the Band Stand works, the Department For Infrastructure (DFI) are taking the opportunity to reconstruct a section of the carriageway on Broughshane Street from Garfield Place to Broadway which has recently been showing signs of failure. This will involve deep excavation and rebuilding the road which will necessitate a 24hr closure.
  • Broughshane Street will be closed from the Alexander Street junction to Broadway from 07.30am Sunday 22 April until 07.30 Saturday 5 May.
  • Businesses in the immediate area have already been contacted by both the Council and DFI.
  • Access to all businesses will still be possible by foot and surrounding car parks will also be accessible with diversion signs in place.

Update for week commencing:

16 April 2018

Remediation Works

Drainage works to continue on Bryan Street/Wellington Street Corner. Work to start on Ballymoney Street defects. Drainage channel to be removed from the pavement from Just to Ballymena Dental Care on Broughshane Street. Ad hoc minor defects will be carried out throughout the town.

Band Stand

Copper Cladding to be carried out on band stand. Paving to be carried out around the bandstand base.

Update for week commencing:

26 March 2018

Remediation Works

Minor works will continue on Wellington Street. Work will be undertaken around pavement utility covers and tree pits on most streets.

Broadway

Paving and canopy works to continue.

Update for week commencing:

19 March 2018

Night Time Road Closures

Broughshane Street will be closed at Granville Street for the installation of the new bandstand canopy. Closures are as follows;

  • Tuesday 20 March 7pm – 7am
  • Wednesday 21 March 7pm – 7am
  • Thursday 22 March 10pm – 7am

There is a possibility that there may be an additional night time road closure on Friday 23 March 10pm – 7am, however, this is dependent on progress made earlier in the week.

Diversions will be in place at Granville Street.

Defects

Works to address minor defects will continue throughout the town centre. Remediation works will be undertaken outside the Marie Curie Shop on Wellington Street.

Band Stand

The structural frame for the bandstand canopy will be erected.

Easter Holidays

There is no work planned for w/c 26th March. Work will resume Mon 9th April. Should you have any issues or concerns please see contact details below.

Update for week commencing:

12 March 2018

Band Stand

  • Concrete bases to be laid for granite seating.
  • Paving works to be progressed.

Remediation Works

  • Minor defects will be undertaken throughout the town.

Update for week commencing:

5 March 2018

Remediation Works

  • Wellington Street – It is anticipated the current section of paving from Progressive to Benneton will be completed.
  • Bryan street / Wellington street Corner – It is anticipated the paving to this corner will be completed.
  • Minor remedial works will continue in Wellington Street from Bryan Street to Mill Street.
  • Minor remedial works will take place in Bryan Street.

Broadway Works

  • Base levels to be finalised and foundations to be installed for the granite seating.
  • Paving works to begin within island.                
Update for week commencing:

26 February 2018

Remediation Works

  • Remediation work to continue on the pavement at the Bryan Street / Wellington Street junction.
  • Elements of isolated remediation works to Wellington Street, Church Street, Broughshane Street and Ballymoney Street.

Broadway

  • New Kerb line complete by 23rd February 2018.
  • Concrete plinths to be formed for seating.
  • Base levels to be formed within Island.
Update for week commencing:

19 February 2018

Broadway

  • Works are progressing well and foundations for the new canopy structure have now been completed. Work at Broadway will continue through the coming months with completion expected late spring 2018.

Meeting House Lane

  • It is anticipated the surface paving to Meeting House Lane will be completed on 16 February 2018.

Wellington Street

  • Works to Wellington Street will recommence week beginning 19 February 2018 and will last for approximately three weeks.
Update for week commencing:

12 February 2018
  • Work will be completed at the Broughshane St and Ballymoney St Corner and open to vehicles and pedestrians evening of 9 February 2018.
  • Work at the beginning of Church Street will continue and be completed by Friday 16 February 2018
  • Broadway work will continue this week with foundations for new canopy being prepared
  • Meeting House Lane work was completed on 8 February 2018 by NIE and will now be reinstated this week.
  • Wellington Street will continue this week with remedial works.
Update for week commencing:

5 February 2018

Remedial Works

  • Work will now commence on Wellington Street, the main area being from midway Progressive Building Society frontage to Midway Benetton frontage. It is envisaged this work will be for a period of approximately 3 weeks. Pedestrian access to all premises on this section of street will be maintained.  

Broadway

  • Works will continue at the Broadway/Ballymoney street junction this week which is planned to be completed by the end of the week. Due to Health & Safety concerns, this will involve a temp closure on the carriageway unto this work is completed.
  • Paving will be extended at Broadway avenue junction/Church Street to the two temporary bitmac bays. This work is planned to last a week and access to properties will not be affected. There will be no impact to vehicular traffic.     
  • Visits have taken place to properties where work will take place and will continue throughout the week.

Update for week commencing:

29 January 2018

  • Work will continue at Broadway.
  • Work will begin on Broadway Bandstand area – foundations prepared.
  • Remedial work will focus on Church Street for next two to three weeks.

NIE remain in Meetinghouse Lane and once they have completed their electrical works, contractors will make good all surface work.

In view of arising health and safety concerns relating to members of the public, it is with reluctance that the Link from Broughshane Street into Ballymoney Street is to be closed to vehicular traffic for approx. 2 weeks.  Diversions will be signposted throughout the town.

Contact:

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council: