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Former Andersonstown Barracks

Michael Hegarty, PLACE, Geraldine McAteer, WBPB, Minister for Social Development Alex Attwood

At the junction of the Falls and the Glen Road in West Belfast lies the site of the former Andersonstown Barracks, an oppressive presence in the neighbourhood for many years.

Following the demolition of the building and several failed attempts to regenerate the site, PLACE was asked by the Department for Social Development to join the West Belfast Partnership Board to run a programme of public consultation and participation. Through this process, the real public needs and aspirations could be assessed, and hopefully be met by redeveloping the site.

After many months of discussions and workshops with a wide range groups in the local community, PLACE prepared a design brief for the site, and in November 2010, a competition for the scheme was launched by Minister for Social Development Alex Attwood. The competition is to be judged by Daniel Libeskind.

The consultation process: Expo West Belfast

Competition enquiries: RIBA Competitions

Pictured: At the launch of the brief for the site in August 2010, PLACE Director Michael Hegarty with Minister for Social Development Alex Attwood and Geraldine McAteer of the West Belfast Partnership Board.

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