Project Description

Portrush “Open” For Business Thanks To FP McCann

Status: Completed

Location: Portrush

Division: Construction, Surfacing

Main Contractor: FP McCann

Market Sector: Regeneration


Golf’s oldest international championship, the open made its historic return to Northern Ireland for the first time in 68 years, taking place over the Dunluce Links at the Royal Portrush Golf Club. In 2017, FP McCann’s construction division was appointed as the contractor for the £4 million Portrush Public Realm Scheme and the Dunluce Avenue car park upgrade by the Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council. Meanwhile, the surfacing division was appointed as the contractor for the ssn1 small scale and responsive works and min1 minor improvements contract in the area by DFO Roads.

The main aims of the Refurbishment Scheme were to reinvigorate the town and improve access for all in the following areas:

  • Ramore Avenue
  • Lower Lansdowne Road
  • Causeway View
  • Bath Road
  • Main Street
  • Bath Street
  • Bath Terrace
  • Church Pass
  • Atlantic Avenue
  • Causeway Street
  • Eglinton Street
  • Mark Street
  • Dunluce Avenue

The works included the removal of the old surfacing and kerbs and replacing them with high-quality natural granite stone kerbs and paving. FP McCann provided 12,500m² of carriageway resurfacing, 7,000m² of granite paving and 3,500m² of Concrete Exposed for the footpaths on the project. New angled car parking has also been completed at Ramore Avenue and asphalt with a silver chip surface has been installed on the footpath.

FP McCann has installed new street furniture, signage and street lighting throughout the town. 61 new lighting columns were installed, including 8 feature columns. All lighting is LED white light allowing colours to be viewed in a natural hue. Additionally, we replaced and upgraded all street furniture including benches, picnic tables, wind breaks, pebble seats, cycle stands, handrails and pedestrian guard rails, litter bins and finger post signs. Raised beds have been installed on Dunluce Avenue and new planters have been placed at the town hall and Ramore Avenue. A new controlled pedestrian crossing was also installed on Causeway Street.

Decorative railings have also been installed at Kerr Street referencing the town’s past. On the section adjacent to the war memorial railings have a poppy motif. The remaining panel railings have a sail design, referencing the town’s maritime history. Other decorative railings throughout the town display fish, fossils and sand castles, in keeping with the town’s seaside location.

Two decorative artwork panels one featuring fish and the other birds have also been installed on Bath Terrace and Mark Street respectively. FP McCann also provided 22 bespoke granite heritage plaques throughout the town to be integrated with the new Portrush Heritage Experience on the Discover Portrush app.

The Portrush Public Realm team were a Go Award finalist for the Buy Social performance of this project. FP McCann over achieved CPD Buy Social Targets set for New Entrant Trainees (NET) and work/ training placements and created long term employment opportunities in the area. Throughout the duration of the project, FP McCann continued to liaise with all the businesses and residents within the footprint of the scheme to minimise disruption, with those affected being contacted directly prior to the commencement of any works.

As part of the Dunluce Avenue car park transformation, FP McCann supplied 6,700m² of road surfacing and 635m² of footway surfacing. All overgrown vegetation was removed so drivers now benefit from improved visibility within the site. Other improvements included the addition of parent and toddler spaces and access to another e-car charging point. 727 tonnes of aggregate, 66m³ of ready mix concrete and 65m³ of Concrete Exposed were also supplied for the car park.

As the SSN1 Small Scale and Responsive Works and MIN1 Minor Improvements contractor, FP McCann carried out various works in Portrush such as the supply and installation of 635m² of asphalt surfacing on Kerr Street and Lansdowne Crescent and the supply and installation of 6,178m² of asphalt concrete on Causeway Street.

The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “This regeneration programme has created a new era for Portrush by transforming the streetscape and built environment. The positive improvements to the town’s appearance and infrastructure are befitting of Portrush’s position as a high-quality visitor destination and we are very proud of what the programme has achieved.”