A Planning Application for the Theatre and Conference Centre and accompanying public realm in Newry is currently being processed and will soon be available to view on the new NI Planning Portal. The Centre is part of plans to enhance cultural activity space in the heart of the City. The Council wants to attract more people into the centre, who stay for longer and form part of a more vibrant evening economy. Supporting that vision is an attractive public realm performance space to the rear of the centre.
The existing historic and Grade 2 listed Town Hall will be renovated under the plans, with a modern multi-functional venue built upon the site of the neighbouring Sean Hollywood Arts Centre. The existing Town Hall and new venue will be linked by a glazed atrium that will allow the two buildings to operate as a single venue. The new venue will have 255 seats capable of being used in a range of theatre configurations and for a range of uses, supported by the latest in audio visual and performance systems.
In January a Belfast Region City Deal Contract for Funding was agreed for Newry City Centre Regeneration Projects supported by the Deal. This includes the new theatre, conference and public realm space, which is set to breathe new life into the city centre.