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Work commences at Ulster Bar Corner, Antrim

Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Alderman Stephen Ross, recently cut the first sod at an exciting regeneration project at Ulster Bar Corner in Antrim.

Last week, the Mayor revisited the site joined by the Department for Communities (DfC) Director for Regional Development, Gerard Murray, to see how the redevelopment plans are progressing.

In partnership with DfC, who are co-funding the project, the Council has taken temporary ownership of the site with plans to bring it back into wider community use.

This long derelict site on Antrim High Street will be transformed into a beautifully landscaped green recreation space for local residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy all year round.  The exciting plans include provision for;

  • Pop-up markets
  • Dedicated business meeting pods
  • Fun days
  • Pop-up cinemas
  • Music concerts


It will also be a space for the wider community to use and the Council is encouraging schools, church groups, fitness clubs and community organisations to make plans to use the space to enhance their provision.

Speaking at the event the Mayor said;

“Ulster Bar Corner has lay vacant for many years, I am pleased the Council are utilising this great space which will serve the local community. This is just one of the many projects planned to regenerate Antrim Town Centre, creating job opportunities and attracting visitors to the area.”

Department for Communities Director for Regional Development Gerard Murray said;

“Ulster Bar Corner is a prominent site in the centre of Antrim that has sat derelict for some time.  I welcome this collaborative initiative to create a meanwhile use for the community while we continue to work closely with our colleagues in Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and other stakeholders to determine the long-term future of the site.”


Works at Ulster Bar Corner are due to be completed by the summer of 2023.