Latest News

OMAGH OASIS PROJECT





Chairman officially launches Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space (OASIS)

22 July 2015

The Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council officially launched the Omagh Accessible Shared Inclusive Space (OASIS) project on Wednesday 17 June. The Plaza, above the Drumragh Avenue Car Park is a shared space to be enjoyed by the local community and visitors to Omagh.  

The OASIS development is a flagship iconic public realm plaza in Omagh, which has been funded through the EU PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). It is a bright, modern, recreational space including outdoor gym and games equipment and a bandstand, with a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking to the town centre through Old Market Place.

The OASIS project contributes significantly to the ongoing regeneration of Omagh town, with a particular focus on the riverside. The riverbank along the Strule River, has also been transformed with a new, fully accessible walk and cycle path with seating and fishing areas, so that the amenity of the river can be fully enjoyed. As the OASIS Plaza links to the town centre through Old Market Place, the Council is exploring funding opportunities to improve and regenerate this area also.

Below the Plaza the Drumragh Avenue Car Park has been upgraded and refurbished, and is handed over to Fermanagh and Omagh District Council with 157 spaces. It will operate by Pay and Display.

Speaking at the launch of the OASIS Plaza the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly said  “ The completion of the OASIS project, both the Plaza and riverside path, as well as the refurbished car park, has transformed this part of Omagh. The Plaza will provide a safe, open neutral space for the local community and visitors to Omagh, contributing to a shared society and increase opportunities for interaction through work recreation and play. The £4.345 million OASIS Project was funded under the EU PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body, and it provides a lasting legacy to that Programme”.

Lorraine McCourt, Director of the SEUPB added: “OASIS has created a flagship project which will leave a visible legacy of the Peace Programme in Omagh through the development of a unique shared space which will help to unite the community. This welcome addition to the local landscape will build upon the significant amount of investment provided under the PEACE III Programme for many capital build projects across the region such as the Peace Bridge in Derry-Londonderry and the Peace Link in Monaghan.”

The OASIS Plaza can cater for events of approximately 2000 people and contains a stage area fully enabled for bands to perform outdoors. There is also space for a number of small market stalls around the perimeter of the Plaza.

Following the official launch, the OASIS Plaza will open to the public on Friday 19 June at 12:00 noon. The first major event at the Plaza will take place the following weekend when the Irish National Cycling Championships take place around Omagh. The OASIS Plaza will be the social hub for the Championships over the weekend, with information stands and market stalls, as well as MX Stunt Team performances and workshops for children.

For further information or to get involved and to make reservations for events please contact Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, tel: 0300 303 1777.

 

Ends

For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, tel: 0300 303 177 or email: Elizabeth.harkin@fermanaghomagh.com

 

Notes for Editors:

• The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Department of Finance in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU structural funds Programmes PEACE III and INTERREG IVA designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG IVA, Western Scotland.
• The PEACE III Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.
• For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu


Bridge installation marks progress in OASIS project

25 July 2014

A Steel Bow Arch pedestrian and cycle bridge. weighing 60 tonnes and spanning 58m across the River Strule between the Drumragh Avenue plaza and Old Market Place, was installed on Saturday 26 July. The bridge was lifted into place using a 750 ton Mobile Crane and specialist heavy lifting team.

The installation of a pedestrian and cycle bridge marks another significant milestone in the OASIS project, following the completion of the new floodwall and the construction of the lift shaft which will provide access from the car park to the plaza. The bridge’s installation allows for the commencement of the next stage of development of the project to commence, the construction of the elevated plaza above Drumragh Avenue car park.

Funding for the £4.3 million OASIS project has been secured from the Peace III Programme through the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The delivery of the project is continuing on target for completion in March 2015.


Oasis Project Progress Photocall

09 June 2014

A project photocall was held on site on Wed 4th June 2014. The contractors FP McCann Ltd along with Project Managers McAdam Design briefed SEUPB JTS Director Lorraine McCourt along with the Chairman Cllr Martin McColgan and representatives from Omagh District Council on the project progress and the construction works planned for the remainder of the scheme.

We are please to confirm the project is currently on target to finish next March 2015 as planned. It was highlighted by the Contractors FP McCann Ltd and the Project Managers McAdam Design Ltd that the first key milestone of completion of the new floodwall is due to finish in a couple of weeks. The next key milestone is the delivery and installation of the new footbridge across the river which is planned for the 3rd week in July, followed by the construction of the elevated public space area continuing until xmas and then followed by completion of surface finishes, paving, hard & soft landscaping and furniture until March 2015.

Construction of new floodwall progressing towards completion

Project Photocall, L-R Alison McCullagh (Omagh D.C), Danny McSorley (Omagh D.C), Cllr Marty McColgan (Chairman Omagh DC), Willie Dornan (McAdam Design Ltd), Reynold Anthony (McAdam Design Ltd), Enda Sheilds (FP McCann Ltd) Lorraine McCourt (SEUPB JTS Director), Brendan Ferguson (Omagh D.C)

Reviewing Plans and Progress on site. L/R – Enda Sheilds (FPMcCann Ltd), Cllr Marty McColgan (Chairman Omagh DC), Danny McSorley, Alison McCullagh (Omagh DC), Willie Dornan (McAdam Design Ltd), Lorraine McCourt (SEUPB JTS Director), Brendan Ferguson (Omagh DC) and Reynold Anthony (McAdam Design Ltd)


Drumragh Avenue car park to close for OASIS development

10 March 2014

Work is about to commence on the major town centre regeneration project, OASIS, in the area of Drumragh Avenue car park and along the river bank between Strule Bridge and Bells Bridge.

To facilitate the construction works, Drumragh Avenue car park will close from midnight on Monday 17 March 2014 for the duration of the development, which is expected to last approximately 52 weeks.

Omagh District Council has developed alternative car parking facilities with 72 spaces at the former Naturelle Shoe Factory premises on Mountjoy Road. This will be a Pay and Display facility. Alternative car parking is also available at the Grange car park, Lisanelly Avenue.

Designated parking for Blue Badge holders will continue to be provided at Drumragh Avenue car park for the duration of the construction period.

The Bus Depot will not be affected by the closure of Drumragh Avenue car park, and will operate as normal. The taxi rank will also remain unchanged, and the access route between Drumragh Avenue and Bridge Street will also remain open throughout the duration of the development. Once the project is completed, the car park will be available again, at lower ground level.

The OASIS project, which is scheduled to last approximately one year, will involve the development of a pedestrian and cycle path along the bank of the River Strule between Bells Bridge and the Strule Bridge, the installation of a pedestrian/cycle bridge to create a link into the town centre from the Drumragh Avenue Car Park to Old Market Place, and the creation of an elevated plaza overlooking the River Strule above the car park.

Funding for the £4.3 million project has been secured from the Peace III Programme through the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

ENDS

For further information please contact Elizabeth Harkin, Public Relations Officer Tel: 028 8224 5321ext 326 Email: elizabeth.harkin@omagh.gov.uk