A sign of the future ... The proposed front of
the new Graham Development's site in Hillsborough.
LOCAL construction company Graham
Developments have been given the green light by planners to
complete their £10 million move to Hillsborough.
The company can now begin their plans to
relocate from Dromore to the Ballygowan Road, just off the Al on
the site of the former Kemira
Fertilisers plant, after they received
planning permission at the March meeting of the Planning
The project, which is part of a larger £55
million regeneration scheme for Hillsborough and Dromore, will
see Grahams developing a new state of the art headquarters at
the site which will create more jobs in the Lisburn area.
Councillors welcomed the approval for the project at the recent
Planning Committee meeting.
Speaking at the meeting the Mayor, Councillor
James Tinsley commented, "I welcome the approval for Grahams.
This will bring a lot of investment and jobs to the area, this
is good news of the city."
Speaking about the project at the Planning
Committee meeting last year, Michael Graham, the Executive
Chairman of Graham Developments, said: "The most important thing
to note is that the £10 million investment by Grahams will
effectively be creating and retaining over 200 jobs in the
Lisburn area. We will inevitably be continuing ongoing training
and investment and as the business continues to grow, additional
employment will be created." The company's current site in
Dromore will be redeveloped with 300 residential units, 9000 sq.
ft. of retail/commercial units, riverside walkways and
associated environmental landscape improvements. The £45 million
scheme is set to regenerate the centre of Dromore.