Showing posts with label RPS. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RPS. Show all posts

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.

Friday, 9 April 2010

"Bank Square Regeneration" from NvTv

Bank Square Regeneration from Northern Visions/NvTv on Vimeo.

Northern Visions have produced this video documenting the regeneration efforts at Bank Square. The video highlights the multiple interests in the area. Raymond Holbeach of RPS outlines the RPS scheme while several others give their responses, some of which are below:

Raymond Holbeach, RPS
- Extending Streets Ahead project from nearby Royal Avenue.
- RPS scheme is a kickstart to the regeneration of the area.
- Looked at the other squares in Belfast - good and bad things

Declan Hill, Forum for Alternative Belfast
- Talked about FAB's plans for the square.
- Reducing size of Castlecourt service yard; adding small units along its exterior.

Joby Fox, King Street Arts
- Reopening Berry Street is key.
- Disenfranchised physically from Royal Avenue.

Rita Harkin, UAHS
- "When you've got a focus on this area through a masterplan, we shouldn't just be looking at the surface treatment. [Issues like reopening Berry Street] will unlock the street and enliven it."

Bob McCoubrey, Mourne Seafood Bar
- "We want people to come in and say, this feels like Belfast; this doesn't feel like Brussels or London or Milton Keynes. It feels like something unique to Belfast. And what they gave us is something very bland."

The submission to the West Side Regeneration District Draft Regeneration Plan, hosted by PLACE in September 2008 is available for download from the PLACE site: click here.