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Portrush Public Realm Scheme

Portrush is getting into the swing of things ahead of the return of The Open with a multi-million pound transformation.

Around 6m will be spent in the Co Antrim resort as it gets set to host golf's oldest and most prestigious tournament in 2019.

The event in July 2019 is expected to generate more than 120m for the economy.

It will be the first time The Open has come to Northern Ireland since 1951, and is expected to attract in excess of 200,000 visitors.

Construction work will begin in the coming weeks following the appointment of FP McCann. McAdam Design will be employed in the role of designers for FP McCann

The work will transform the heart of the seaside town centre and includes improvements to Main Street, Dunluce Avenue and Eglinton Street.

The public realm scheme is part of a wider regeneration programme which also includes the delivery of a new train station and Urban Development Grants for those in the private sector.

Photo (from left): Robert Preston of AECOM, Enda Shields from contractor FP McCann, the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Joan Baird OBE, and Ian McQuitty, Department for Communities Development Officer