Northern Ireland

£2 million facelift plan for Derry's 'ugliest building'

Nelson McCausland
Image caption The Social Development Minister visited Londonderry to make the announcement

Almost two million pounds has been earmarked to give the Ulster Bank in Londonderry's Waterloo Place a facelift.

The announcement was made by the Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland on Thursday morning.

Mr McCausland was in Derry to monitor progress on a number of DSD-funded projects.

He said he was aware that with the 2013 UK City of Culture celebrations just months away changes needed to be made

"It's a building that I understand attracts some comment. We need to get it looking as good as possible for next year.

"There is a £1.9m scheme going ahead there and through an Urban Development grant we are putting almost £0.5m into that.

"When you look right across all the projects it is quite a substantial investment.

"It's one thing getting a briefing paper on them with the facts and figures, but it's so much better to come and actually see on the ground and understand what's happening in the city."