River of Life memorial

Warrington Town Centre Development – Bridge Street

September 22, 2014 | Nick Taylor

Last week (19 September 2014), it was reported that permission is now granted to undertake major enhancements and development to Warrington town centre in close proximity to Bridge Street, the site of the 1993 IRA bombing.

A number of people contacted the Foundation concerned about the impact on the memorial that is in place on the facade of the building that used to house the Boots store at the time of the bombing; and also on the River of Life sculpture, fountain and street furniture placed in Bridge Street as a memorial to Tim, Johnathan, Bronwen and all those injured and affected by the bombing.

The Foundation contacted Warrington Council and the development body Warrington & Co.

The development will start very soon but will have little impact on the Bridge Street area in the near future and in 2014 through 2015.  

In 2016 there will need to be work in the area and large areas cordoned off for some time.  This work is still being planned and the Foundation for Peace will meet with Warrington & Co early in 2015 to view the programme and discuss any arrangements that may need to take place in regards to protecting the memorial(s) and in maintaining access particularly at sensitive times of the year such as March.  In the long-term these sites will return to normal and in fact will be greatly enhanced meaning more people will visit the street but that we will still have a memorial in place.

We will keep you updated as plans progress and thank you to Warrington Council and Warrington & Co who have acted quickly and sensitively over this matter.