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Top planner praises Peace Bridge

24 October 2012

Peace BridgeRoyal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) President Colin Haylock praised the regeneration of the town as he strode across Derry/Londonderry's Peace Bridge yesterday (23 October), as part of a visit to Northern Ireland organised by the local branch of the RTPI. The RTPI is Europe's largest professional institute for planners.

Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI, said: "It's clear that the regeneration of Derry is respecting the unique heritage and traditions of the town. I participated in the very early stages of the Peace Bridge as a planner-architect and it is genuinely satisfying to walk across something I played a small a part in. The bridge combines great design with functionality - greatly improving access for people from both sides of the river within the City."

In addition to visiting the Peace Bridge, Colin Haylock also walked on the city's famous walls and visited the An Gaelaras building.

Colin Haylock added: "The An Gaeleras is quite simply an amazing building, and one which is entirely modern in outlook but also works beautifully with the surrounding area.  There is so much that is of historic and cultural importance in Derry that needs to be cherished and protected - and the An Gaeleras building shows how new development can coexist with the past."

"I have visited Derry on a number of occasions since the 1990s and it is good to see the City, which has had such a difficult recent past, change to one which is moving confidently forward, including its role as City of Culture 2013." 

Pictured (left to right) Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI, Alan Armstrong, Development Manager of the town's Urban Regeneration Company ILEX, and David Worthington, former Chair of the Northern Ireland branch of the RTPI.

The Peace Bridge is a cycle and footbridge bridge across the River Foyle in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland's second largest city. It was formally opened in June 2011.

The An Gaeleras building was completed in 2009, and home to the Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin centre for Irish language, culture and enterprise.

Pictured (left to right Colin Haylock, President of the RTPI, Alan Armstrong, Development Manager of the town's Urban Regeneration Company ILEX, and David Worthington, former Chair of the Northern Ireland branch of the RTPI.