While it's hard to tell whether this will turn out to be a good addition to Fort George or an unsympathetic intrusion (you can never tell with renders), you have to at least praise them for developing something close to the town centre rather than some suburban industrial estate. Derry has sprawled enough as it is.
I'd say it will turn out quite similar to their Concourse buildings below. Not amazing, though i guess the focus should be on the innovative companies inside them than the buildings themselves. In saying that i'd be more worried if they where closer to the main Titanic campus or the City Centre. Though I quite like White Star House.
You know what, I heard the word fort and put two and two together and got five. I was mixing this site up with Ebrington. Fort George is pretty suburban. Derry is definitely let down by having dual carriageways along both banks of the river
Up to 50 jobs could be created at a new £11.5m research centre in Londonderry that will focus on managing chronic diseases.
The laboratory at Altnagelvin Hospital in the city is the first of its kind in Ireland. It will research heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The facility will be a collaborative project between the University of Ulster and the Western Health and Social Care Trust.
Personalised medicine is an emerging practice, according to the University of Ulster, that examines genetic make-up along with clinical data. The aim of the research is to prevent, diagnose and treat disease at a patient level.
Professor Tony Bjourson, head of the new centre, said: "A personalised approach to patient care holds huge potential for developing new diagnostic and treatment pathways for human diseases.
"This is one of the most important concepts to emerge from the sequencing of the human genome and Northern Ireland is emerging as an important region within stratified medicine research."
Eamonn MacDermott, who has type two diabetes, has said he "benefited greatly" from having personalised medicine.
Mr MacDermott said: "Although the centre is a new one, I have been receiving personalised medicine for a while and it can only be a good thing for Derry. "My doctor was able to tell me that I had a certain type of type two diabetes which meant he could taper my treatment accordingly. This meant I didn't have to be on insulin that long. "Through personalised medicine I was able to find out that I respond well to a particular tablet."
Professor Bjourson said: "The Northern Ireland Centre for Stratified Medicine will reinforce the university's position at the frontier of world-class research with the potential to make a real difference to the health and well-being of many patients.
"Coupled with the Functional Brain Imaging Centre, the centre will leverage the unique synergy between the computational neuroscience research and Biomedical Sciences Research Institute (BMSRI) research at the Magee and Coleraine campuses."
Dr Maurice O'Kane, the Western Health Trust's head of research and development, said it will facilitate innovative, cutting edge research. "The Western Trust is excited that our patients and clinicians will be able to contribute to the centre. "The rapid growth in the prevalence of chronic disease, particularly in our elderly, has highlighted the need for a personalised approach to treatment. This new centre will allow to us do just that."
Work on a multi-million pound redevelopment of Brooke Park in Londonderry is due to begin later this year. The Department for Social Development has approved £568,600 to complete the funding package of £5.6m for the regeneration of the area.
The project will transform 19 acres of public parkland in the heart of Derry. Work is expected to finish by the end of 2016.
The plans include a new contact sports centre, the restoration of the historic gate lodge and the reinstatement of the ornamental oval pond.
A games area will also be provided and there will be improvements to the bowling club facilities, car parking, access, enhanced wildlife habitat and furniture.
'Friendly, historic and cultural'
Social Development Minister, Nelson McCaulsand, said: "Brooke Park is an historic green space with listed structures that date back as far as 1840.
"Over the years it has fallen somewhat into disrepair.
"I am delighted that my department has been able to contribute almost £570,000, which will complete the final piece of the funding jigsaw for this excellent project.
"Work can now get under way to enable the park to become a friendly, historic and cultural landscape that will benefit all the residents of Londonderry.
"I look forward to getting the opportunity to visit the regenerated park, which will improve the health and well-being of the local community as well as adding to the city's portfolio of tourist attractions."
The park will be managed through a ten-year management and maintenance plan. Derry City Council has allocated extra resources to implement the plan including providing three additional members of staff.
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