WORK around the installation of the ‘Harmony Hub’ at Broadway in Ballymena town centre cost over £450,000, it has emerged.
The hub replaced a bandstand.
A freedom of information request from retired solicitor Lyle Cubitt revealed the total figure.
The Ballymena Guardian has reported that the overall cost for the ‘Broadyway Scheme’ was £462,957.61, following an original tender/contract price of £243,924.
New contractors were commissioned by the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council after the original contractors, TAL, went into administration in 2017.
A Mid and East Antrim Borough Council spokesperson said that council’s contribution to the Broadway scheme was £189,000, with two-thirds of the funding coming from central government.
“We were unable to provide a full breakdown of individual costs previously as the works were ongoing and costs were subject to commercial sensitivity,” the spokesperson said.
“Harmony Hub has proved extremely successful since installed, and has created a real hub of activity and a buzz for shoppers from Ballymena and further afield to enjoy.
“Recently, independent data showed that footfall figures increased by 6.9% in Ballymena town centre in the first half of 2019.”
The ‘Harmony Hub’ name was selected by actor Liam Neeson following a competition organised by the council in partnership with schools throughout the area.