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Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Belfast: Streets Ahead Phase 3 Consultation Event - Wed 18 March, 6pm - 9pm

The Department for Social Development are hosting a public consultation event on Wednesday 18th March 2015 in PLACE, Lower Garfield Street, Belfast. 

The purpose of the event is to inform the local community about the Belfast Streets Ahead Phase 3 project. The overall aim of the Phase 3 project is to design and implement public realm improvements (such as new paving, lighting, landscaping, street furniture and public artwork) that will deliver high quality streetscape and open spaces that will contribute positively to the economic and social vitality of the Belfast City Centre and will complement the Ulster University’s planned development of its new campus at York Street.

Draft proposals. Credit: www.dsdni.gov.uk

The Phase 3 project area will cover:
  • Royal Avenue (from Castle Place to Donegall Street),
  • York Street (from Donegall Street to Frederick Street/Great Patrick Street junction),
  • Frederick Street,
  • Library Square (Union Street, Little Donegall Street and Library Street),
  • Cathedral Gardens (aka Buoys Park),
  • the area around St Anne’s Cathedral (Talbot Street, Exchange Street West and Academy Street, including Donegall Street in front of St Anne’s Cathedral),
  • Great Patrick Street (part),
  • Curtis Street
  • York Lane
The consultation event will take place between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 18th March in PLACE, with a short presentation commencing at 7pm.

There will be an opportunity before and after the presentation to ask questions and get more information about the project. Further information on the Phase 3 project can be viewed on the DSD website. Comments on the proposals can be made at the event, by email to DSD at [email protected] or by writing to: DSD, 4th Floor, Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4HH by 31st March 2015.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Crumlin Road Courthouse Consultation Event at Crumlin Road Gaol | Thursday 21 November, 1.30pm - 8pm

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced that a public consultation event is to be held at Crumlin Road Gaol to consider a range of options that could rejuvenate the Crumlin Road Courthouse.


The event will take place in the Lower Circle conference facility in Crumlin Road Gaol from 1.30pm to 8.00pm on Thursday 21 November. 

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

DSD Launch BT1 Gateway Belfast Development Proposal

The Department for Social Development is seeking public comment for a key gateway site to Belfast city centre - BT1 Gateway. The 1.2 acre site is located at the junction of Carrick Hill and North Street and entirely within public ownership.

BT1 Gateway. Credit: DSD.

Library Square, Belfast Public Realm Consultation

The Department for Social Development, Benoy, Peter Brett Associates and Drivers Jonas Deloitte have developed a public realm scheme over the past six months with key stakeholders for Library Square, Belfast. 

The space is located at the junction of Library Street and Royal Avenue near Central Library and the University of Ulster. With proximity to these civic buildings in mind the designers intends to reflect a communications and learning theme. The team intend to promote the use of media and social connectivity by providing public access to wireless internet and installing a media wall to the side of Central Library. 

Library Square Public Realm Scheme. Credit: DSD.

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

What I learned from the FAB Summer School 2012

Anna Skoura works with the Forum for Alternative Belfast and is a contributor to the PLACE Blog. She reports on the Forum's recent Summer School, "Re-stitching the city" held at Belfast City Hall from 13th-17th August.

The Forum for Alternative Belfast (FAB) 2012 Summer school took place two weeks ago (13-17 August) in the City Hall. The event was organised in collaboration with the East (EWPB) and West Belfast Partnership Boards (WBPB). The theme was “Re-stitching the city” and its primary goal was to address the very poor connection of the city centre with East and West Belfast. This is the fourth FAB Summer school, after 2009 which resulted to the "missing city map", 2010 which focused on North Belfast and 2011 on South Belfast. It followed the same structure: presentations for the first two days, public consultation on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and workshops during the rest of the week.
 
Photo by David Bunting
The organisers along with Belfast’s governmental and community bodies (Belfast City Council, East and West Belfast Partnership boards, Department for Social Development (DSD), Department of Environment (DOE), Department for regional Development (DRD)) presented their views and future projects related to the study areas.

Right from the start, it was interesting to see the distinctive approach that East and West Partnership representatives held during their opening presentations. Maurice Kinkead (CEO of EBPB) in an optimistic manner highlighted the positive impact of the Partnership’s recent activity in certain areas of East Belfast, while Geraldine McAteer (WBPB), very concerned, underlined West Belfast’s challenges and most urgent needs. Regarding the presentations given by the different Departments, the lack of a comprehensive vision for the city’s future and the lack of inter-departmental collaboration becomes evident. Sadly, clashing projects are sometimes the result.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Consultation opens for a new Urban Regeneration and Community Development Policy Framework

The Department for Social Development, responsible for Urban Regeneration in Northern Ireland has opened a public consultation process for a new Urban Regeneration and Community Development Policy Framework.

The Framework will determine the priorities for urban regeneration and community development policies and programmes over the coming years. These are more familiar in the shape of large projects like the Victoria Square development, Public Realm improvements in town centres and Neighbourhood Renewal activity.

The Victoria Square Comprehensive Development Scheme was initially
chosen by the Social Development Minister in July 2000, following an
assessment of four city centre sites, and officially adopted by the
Department in January 2003. Construction began in 2004 on the largest
single investment ever in Belfast and was completed in Early 2007.

Commenting on the beginning of the public consultation process Minister McCausland said:

Saturday, 11 September 2010

EPLANI Event: DSD's Role in Urban Regeneration

DSD's Role in Urban Regeneration
Tues 21st September 2010
NICVA


Click the flyer above to enlarge.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

RPS Group to prepare a masterplan for Limavady town centre

The RPS Group have been named as masterplanners in the Limavady town centre regeneration.

30 April 2010 - Design experts announced for Limavady town centre

The Department for Social Development today announced the appointment of international urban design experts, the RPS Group, to prepare a masterplan for Limavady town centre, marking another important step towards producing a masterplan for the area

The masterplan will inform the priorities for development in the town centre and provide in particular:

* an agreed strategy for town centre development;
* an assessment of the development potential of vacant and underused sites within the town centre; and
* suggestions for public realm enhancements to support the regeneration objectives and complement the recommendations for restructuring and redevelopment of various buildings/sites.

Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie said: "The appointment of consultants with international experience to prepare a town centre masterplan marks an important phase in the overall regeneration of Limavady. My Department is committed to working with Limavady Borough Council and other statutory organisations to help regenerate the town centre. This detailed masterplan will form the basis for strategic and integrated regeneration activities in the coming years."

Councillor Cathal Ó hOisín, Mayor of Limavady Borough Council said: "This is an exciting announcement for Limavady, especially at a time when rural towns such as ours continue to struggle during the economic downturn. We look forward to working with the Department for Social Development and engaging the local community to play their part in this new development. I am sure that councillors, residents and business people will recognise what an important opportunity this is for Limavady - we encourage everyone to participate in this important project."

Work to prepare the masterplan will commence immediately and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

View the press release here.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Daniel Libeskind to chair Expo West design competition



Social Development Minister Margaret Ritchie today announced that leading world architect Daniel Libeskind will chair a design competition at the former Andersonstown barracks site.

Mr Libeskind, an American architect, artist, and set designer will be lending his professional expertise to the design competition which will transform the former Andersonstown’s Police Station.

More info: expowestbelfast.com

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Tweeting...


Image via Gerry Ward on Flickr

PLACE and the West Belfast Parternship are holding consultations with the community on the site of the former Andersonstown Barracks, beginning next week.

Keep up to date on the process via the Twitter page, @AtownEXPOWest

New website for the process also coming soon!