The site is also home to the once grand Steeple House, the former headquarters of Antrim Borough Council. The property, which dates back almost 200 years, was extensively damaged by a fire in 2019. The improvement works will see the derelict building restored to its former glory and brought back to life, with potential for the venue to be used as a meeting space, wedding venue or office accommodation.
Whilst the Round Tower, one of only two still existing in Northern Ireland, is a well-known landmark, most people outside the Borough are unaware of the history of the surrounding the area. These long-awaited improvement works will help address this by creating a unique tourist attraction, while still preserving and protecting the historic nature of the site.
It is anticipated that works will commence in autumn 2023 – please look out for updates on this scheme as it progresses.