The Queens Parade Redevelopment Scheme


Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has welcomed the planning approval of a £50m mixed use development in the Queen’s Parade area of Bangor.

Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Planning Committee gave their approval at a meeting this evening.

The proposed scheme, developed by Bangor Marine Ltd (a partnership between Karl Group and Farrans), will see extensive improvements to the run down area of Bangor including new homes, a hotel, public realm scheme, events space and cafes/restaurants.


Welcoming approval of the Queen’s Parade planning application, Minister Hargey said:


“This is yet another major step in the right direction towards seeing this long awaited development delivered for the people of Bangor. This exciting scheme will create jobs, shops, offices and homes, and regenerate an area of the town that has been run down for some time. This is a genuinely exciting time for Bangor especially as we look forward to more positive times when we can emerge from the covid pandemic. I want to thank Council and Bangor Marine Ltd for their efforts in progressing this significant application at a challenging time.
I know this development is much anticipated by the local community and I too look forward to seeing the scheme go from concept to reality. With Queen’s Parade and the ongoing plans for the wider regeneration of the Bangor seafront area as part of the Belfast Region City Deal, there is much to look forward to for Bangor town centre in the future.”
The Queen’s Parade area of Bangor has been largely derelict for almost 20 years and its regeneration has been a priority for the Department for Communities, which owns most of the site.  The site was offered for sale by way of a Development Brief.  The Department, Ards and North Down Borough Council and Bangor Marine reached formal agreement on the terms that formed a Development Agreement in May 2019.
The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Trevor Cummings said:
“The Planning Committee’s approval of this £50m development is an immense boost to Bangor, and the wider Ards and North Down area. Planning Officers worked closely with Bangor Marine and various consultees to redesign any potential obstacles in order that the application could be recommended to proceed. We are grateful to all those who contributed to the process, which was complex and rigorous".
He continued:
“Having achieved this milestone we can look forward to seeing progress on the programme for work ‘on the ground’ and further engagement with local residents and businesses. The Queen’s Parade development, combined with the Council’s own plans to regenerate Bangor Waterfront, offer the potential for more than £110m of investment to come into the town delivering new attractions, accommodations and commercial opportunities. These really are game-changing times for Bangor and we are all impatient to see them come to fruition.”
Aran Blackbourne of Bangor Marine Ltd said:
“This is hugely exciting. Getting planning approval moves us another step closer to our vision of bringing life back to Queen’s Parade and giving a much needed boost for the whole town. We would like to thank our professional team of Todd Architects, Park Hood, Atkins and Turley in working with us to secure planning permission.
“We want to create a place for local people and visitors to enjoy, a place to live, socialise and soak up the wonderful sea views. We want to play our part in creating a sustainable future for this beautiful town. There is still a lot of hard work ahead but we are ready for the next phase and we will keep people informed on plans and timescales as they unfold.”

The proposed Bangor Marine Ltd scheme is made up of;

  • Marine Gardens Public Realm combining External Events Space
  • Cafes
  • Sheltered Promenade & Kiosks
  • Seafront Lawns
  • Children’s Play Area & Water Feature
  • a Hotel
  • a Destination/Cinema Building
  • Residential Units
  • Commercial/Retail/Restaurant Space
  • Office Space
  • a Play Zone
  • Refurbishment of Existing Commercial Properties
  • basement Car Park
  • Marketplace & Courtyard Squares.

Director of Bangor Marine Ltd. speakes about his vision for Bangor



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"Bangor Marine Limited"

New Revised Plan


Now that we're properly into the new year and the dust of 2020 has settled, it's a perfect time to take stock of where we're at in terms of the long anticipated development of our seafront and town centre.


Whilst 2020 severely disrupted many of our personal plans and dampened our spirits I am gladly surprised that the planning application submitted by “Bangor Marine” (the Queens Parade developers) in January 2020 is pushing forward steadily.

Many of the issues raised by the varies government departments have been essentially resolved and the application will be brought to a special Council planning meeting next week with an expectation that planning consent will be achieved.

So I would expect construction work to begin around Autumn of 2021.


 I hope for all our sakes that 2021 is a year were the light at the end of the tunnel shines brighter and brighter so we can move forward better and stronger as a town and as a community.


Queens Parade Proposed Plan


The proposed development seeks to transform the wider Queen’s Parade and marina area with the development of a hotel, retail, office, community, cultural and recreational space, in addition to eateries, a residential development as well as the creation of new public squares and courtyards.


Detailed Layout Plan
· Car parking has been tucked away
under the public squares and will be
accessed from Southwell Road

· Pedestrian movements have been
prioritised on Queen’s Parade in order
to connect the site to the waterfront

· Creation of new streets and laneways
accessed from Main Street

· New public open spaces including
Market Square providing a visual
link to the waterfront
(the space will be slightly larger than St Anne Square, Belfast)
Key Elements.pdf
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£50 Million Seafront Development Plan Agreed

Bangor Marine Ltd has been appointed to take forward a major £50 million regeneration project of Queen's Parade in Bangor.

The scheme will transform the County Down town's seafront, bringing new houses, shops, offices and employment opportunities to the area.

Bangor Marine has been awarded the contract by the Department for Communities, which Permanent Secretary Tracy Meharg said will support the vitality of the employment and tourism industry. She commented: "The new hotel and cafes will encourage more tourists to visit Bangor and help to support the retail offering and enhance the evening economy. The new homes will lead to more people living in Bangor again supporting local consumer outlets. When combined with new offices, this development will help to create new employment opportunities and breathe new life back into Bangor."

The proposed scheme includes the following additions to the seafront: 

• children's play area and water feature

• sheltered promenade and kiosks

• marine gardens public realm combining external events space

• seafront lawns

• a 70-80 bed hotel

• a destination/cinema building

• residential units

• commercial, retail & restaurant spaces

• a play zone

• refurbishment of existing commercial properties

• 200 space car park

• market place & courtyard squares.


Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Richard Smart, said the regeneration of Queen's Parade is "critical" for the future of Bangor and of maximising the economic growth potential of the area.

The Cinema/Arts Centre

CGI Images Released on November 2020


New Computer Generated Images of Proposed Cinema/Arts Centre


Computer Generated Image just released showing the proposed cinema on "The Market Place" ...a new public square created as part of the Queens Parade development

Key features include:-

•Stone clad ground floor level with set back colonnade Cinema entrance detail.

•Recessed windows and set back fascia details to contain a branding / advertising space.

•Feature 4.8m high oriel windows that are located to take advantage of key views out and moments within the building.

•Side window –located at the top of the main circulation stair and framing a view down to Main Street.

•The main front window facing the bar and overlooking the Market Place; and a smaller window on axis with the circulation in to and out of the cinema screens.

On closer consideration of the design we can appreciate the natural stone cladding adorning the pillars and ground floor elevations.
The protruding and recessed fenestration is perfectly balanced to provide shelter and to capitalize on the stunning waterfront views.




The building can be purposed for Bangor's many festivals including Open House and Sea Bangor etc.
Hopefully the many positive elements of the building will grow in favour as its purpose and potential is realised.




The protruding and recessed fenestration is perfectly balanced to provide shelter and to capitalize on the stunning waterfront views.


Planning Design Addendum - 29th July 2020

Full Design Addendum as submitted on 29th July 2020
Design Addendum July 2020.pdf
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Same Apartment block as seen from Southwell Road end of Queens Parade

Hotel and Waterfront
The Market Place
Steps & Ramp to the "Market Place"
The Hotel - Queens Parade Frontage
New Mews Houses at King Street
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