The project which cost over 4 million euro is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is one of 7 sustainable urban development projects funded under the 2014-2020 Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme.
The work looks to revitalise the heart of Athlone’s central shopping area by creating an attractive and vibrant town centre which contributes to the sustained and future growth of the town.
The native natural materials of granite and Irish blue limestone blend aesthetically with the heritage buildings of Athlone.
Church Street provides an important link between the historic Shannon area of Athlone and the contemporary Civic Square and Athlone Town’s Shopping Centres and the enhanced streetscape leads visitors through the centre of Athlone and across the historic Town Bridge which is flanked on the Westside by Athlone Castle and the Luan Gallery.
Church Street is designated as an Architectural Conservation Area and includes a range of heritage buildings and independent shops and by widening the pavements and allowing pedestrians to move freely down the street, the public are able to take the time to enjoy this conservation area.
The newly enhanced Church Street is now a welcoming, attractive and enjoyable space for shoppers, tourists, pedestrians and the wider local community, allowing the area to flourish as a thriving shopping, business and social district.
The project was officially opened on the 12thApril