Public Realm

Larne Town Centre Public Realm Scheme

Picture of the proposed Larne Public Realm works

Construction work is progressing well on the £2.2million public realm scheme for Larne Town Centre which commenced on site in September 2015. 

The scheme aims to improve the quality of the public realm by creating a distinctive character and positive identity, providing flexibility so open spaces can be used for a variety of functions, ensuring that all street lighting and furniture is fit for purpose and promoting planting and floral displays to generate seasonal interest.

The main features incorporated within the scheme are:

  • Use of granite for pavements and kerbs
  • Provision of new street lighting and street furniture including seating
  • Introduction of distinctive unique features with engraved local place names in new stone paving

The areas included within the scheme are High Street (part), Upper Main Street, Upper Cross Street, Main Street, Broadway, Agnew Street (part)

We have appointed Earney Contracts Ltd to carry out the public realm works which are due for completion in Summer 2016.

NI Water has completed upgrading works in Larne Town Centre and NIE are continuing to carry out upgrades and replacement works in advance of Earney Contracts so that underground cables are renewed and replaced before the new granite paving is laid.  Their combined investment in Larne Town Centre is £839k.

1. Key Project Information 

Construction Project Start Date: 2 September 2015
Construction Project Completion: Summer 2016
Project Total Value: £2.2 million
The project is being funded by the Department for Social Development and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council.

2. Contact Details

Earney Contracts Ltd
Site Office:
81/91 Main Street (corner of Quay Street), Larne
Project Liaison Officer
Name: Hannah Lambe
M: 07793 244 151

Mid & East Antrim Borough Council:
Sean Trainor
Town Development Manager
Town Hall Offices, Upper Cross Street, Larne
T: 028 2826 2455

3. Work Phases

Please note that these dates are subject to change during the contract period

  • Phase 1: Main Street - Agnew Street to Laharna Corner (completed)
  • Phase 2: Upper Main Street (completed) and High Street (March to May)
  • Phase 3: Upper Cross Street (completed)
  • Phase 4: Main Street – Broadway to Upper Cross Street (January to March)
  • Phase 5: Main Street – Broadway to Quay Street (March to June)
  • Phase 6: Main Street from Quay Street & Agnew Street (completed)
  • Phase 7: Broadway (February to June)
  • Phase 8: Installation of new street lighting (May to July)

4. Pedestrian Access

Pedestrian access to all town centre shops, businesses and premises will be maintained throughout the construction contract period with pedestrian access bridges.  Some works may be carried out at front doors to premises outside of opening hours (with agreement).
Barriers will be put in place to create walkways and to ensure that pedestrians are safe at all times.

5. Parking

On street parking will be restricted by phases throughout the contract to enable safe working.  Parking bays will be used by the contractor adjacent to each area where they are working.  Shoppers, visitors and all town centre users are reminded that there are lots of car parks adjacent to the town centre, many of which are free.  The pay car parks offer 5 hours for £1 only.

6. Traffic Flow

The Town Centre will be open for business throughout the construction contract.  Signs will be placed to advise motorists of any restrictions or diversions; these will be updated regularly.

To enable safe working, there will be some traffic diversions put in place.  These will be well signposted and will only be put in place when absolutely necessary; these diversions will also assist in ensuring that the work progresses as quickly as possible.

7. Required Road Closures

In order to ensure safe working and free movement for pedestrians, some road closures cannot be avoided.

Details of these will be provided when dates are confirmed.

8. Further Contact Details

NI Water
All queries should be made through NIW Waterline
T: 03457 440 088 (quote Larne Public Realm with your query)

NI Electricity
Project Manager: James Duffin
T: 07799 867 692