Developments – Limestone Road Regeneration
Acquired in 2010, this unique development was a partnership between Newington HA, North Belfast Housing and the communities of Tigers Bay and Newington. Straddling the Tigers Bay/Newington interface and the scene of much violence in the past this complex is now home to 22 households from both sides of the community in a shared housing project.
This project is supported by a multi-agency forum with representation from the residents of the building, members of both communities, cross community interface workers, the PSNI and both Newington & North Belfast Housing.
This scheme is a huge success for all partners involved in the project and the risks taken by both communities to change the status quo has been equally matched by North Belfast and Newington Housing Associations as well as the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, the Department for Social Development and PSNI.
Since the project was completed in 2010, the partnership between both communities has been consolidated into the Duncairn Community Partnership http://www.duncairn.com/ . The DCP is made up by a number of member organisations namely, North Belfast Community Development and Transition Group (NBCDTG), North Belfast Interface Network (NBIN), Intercomm, Groundwork NI (GWNI), Tigers Bay Concerned Residents Group, Newington Residents Association and Star Neighbourhood Centre.
Lakeview & The Glen
No. Units: 35
Design Team: led by McCartan
Contractor: O’Hanlon & Farrell
Development Agent: Trinity Oaklee HA
Awards: Shortlisted CIH and RICS awards 2014
Lakeview & The Glen was the first phase of an ambitious 3 phase regeneration scheme to transform an historically volatile interface area of North Belfast. Construction commenced in April 2011 and completed in April 2014.
Parkside Phase 1
No. Units 36
Design Team: led by McCartan Muldoon Architects
Contractor: T&A Kernoghan
Development Agent: Trinity Oaklee HA
Winner Construction Excellence Awards 2014
Winner RICS Best Northern Ireland Regeneration Project 2015
Winner RICS Best Northern Ireland Residential Scheme 2015
Winner RICS Best Northern Ireland Overall Project 2015
Construction of this second phase commenced in April 2013 and the project completed in August 2014 ahead of schedule and under budget.
Underpinning all the redevelopment was the close collaboration between NHA, the design team, development agents and the local community which resulted in a programme of works that was sensitive to the aesthetic of existing homes in the area and the demands that the development would bring on the wider infrastructure including traffic flow. Retained buildings were re-habilitated and integrated with new-build construction and a number of special details, including a pedestrian wall, were reconstructed to embrace the previous traditions of the local community.
Approximately 85 percent of the supply chain for the redevelopment came from local suppliers in Belfast and enabled the project to complete on budget and on time.
At the core of the development is a successful partnership between NHA and the local community that ensures the housing solution works in sync with the values and aspirations of the neighbourhood. The brownfield site is bounded by the Limestone road, residents, commercial businesses and two primary schools and NHA embedded itself with the surrounding community to listen, inform and shape the works to minimise disruption.
‘Social clauses’ in contractor agreements with NHA also added jobs to the local and wider economy while new jobs have been created within NHA itself to improve its services and meet the needs of its tenants and service users.
The Limestone Road re-development is a powerful example of the far-reaching benefits that can be realised through collaborative working between a housing association and the community it serves.
NHA is grateful to the voluntary contribution of the residents groups who dedicated considerable time and effort to make these schemes and the wider regeneration possible.
It has encouraged and contributed towards new plans that will see the Long Streets area of the New Lodge redeveloped as previous NIHE tenants have re-located to the Limestone Road. This will enable NHA in partnership with Apex Housing to eventually deliver a further 89 units of general needs housing to North Belfast.
Other North Belfast Development Projects
Girdwood, Antrim Road & North Queen Street Developments
There is no doubt 2016 has been an extremely busy year for the Association.
February 2016 saw the commencement of a phased handover of 75 new build homes at our Girdwood Development, North Belfast. The Association initially received handover of 9 no. new build homes at St James Mews, with the remaining 66 no. new build homes handed over in mid-May 2016.
In late May 2016, the Association also acquired handover of 3 no. 4 bedroom new build homes on the Antrim Road, Belfast.
Finally, in November 2016, the Association acquired handover of 26 new build homes at North Queen Street, Belfast.
In total, 104 new build homes were acquired by the Association from the three new build developments at Girdwood (St James Mews, Kinnaird Street, Kinnaird Terrace and Kinnaird Avenue) Antrim Road and North Queen Street Belfast.
The breakdown of all the homes acquired by NHA are as follows:
10 x One Bed Apartments
35 x Two Bed Homes
24 x Two Bed Apartments
32 x Three Bed Homes
3 x Four Bed Homes
These new affordable homes have provided much needed accommodation for single people and families who, in some cases have been awaiting accommodation for several years and were in severe housing need.