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Client Department for Social Development
Turley office Belfast
Status Planning permission granted
LPA North Down Borough Council

Designing for a better future at Queen’s Parade and Marine Gardens, Bangor

Our role

  • Finding a solution that would transform a derelict and vacant site into a new heart for Bangor town centre and in doing so regenerate the waterfront of the town.
  • We led a design and development team to prepare proposals and secure full planning permission in accordance with tight deadlines.
  • Providing a design which captures the character of Bangor - modest scale, fine grain, vertical rhythm and varied roofscape - and interprets it through an exciting, contemporary architectural style.
  • We started with a blank page and, through engagement with the widest possible audience, formed a design that aims to seamlessly reconnect the town to the sea.


  • Achievement of full planning permission within a very pressing timescale.
  • The proposal which secured planning permission was supported by elected members, key stakeholders and the wider community in the area.
  • Cultural, leisure and arts hub, theatre facilities, shops, restaurants, offices and hotels.
  • Converting a derelict and predominantly vacant area into a new vibrant new space for the local community.
  • Designs which act as a catalyst for future regeneration, helping to ensure a vibrant and diverse place with an enduring legacy.


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