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Old October 13th, 2014, 10:53 AM   #1
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BELFAST | Northside

This looks like it'll be a major regeneration project for Belfast so I think it's deserving of it's own thread.

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Northside project: Major regeneration plan for Belfast city centre



Plans for a major regeneration of the northern edge of Belfast city centre have been unveiled by a development consortium. The Northside project could see the development of up to 3,000 apartments and houses, mainly for students. It is a partnership between developer Kevin McKay, global construction firm Balfour Beatty and Northern Ireland's Department for Social Development.

The Northside site is an area between Royal Avenue and Carrick Hill. It is adjacent to the new University of Ulster campus.


Compulsory purchase

Most of the properties in the project area are controlled by Mr McKay and government departments. There will be discussion with other landowners in the area but some properties, particularly on North Street, may have to be compulsorily purchased.

The scheme will have a mix of uses including managed student accommodation, private housing, social housing and retail. It is thought a social housing element will be constructed on a site off Clifton Street.

It will be the biggest private sector development in Belfast since the construction of the Victoria Square shopping centre. The consortium has said it will represent an investment of up to £300m, directly providing employment for more than 600 construction workers.


'Urban village'

Balfour Beatty is financing the project and acting as contractor, though the firm is likely to form a joint venture with a Northern Ireland-based construction firm.

Ian Woosey, director of development at Balfour Beatty, said the University of Ulster development had "provided the stimulus" for the project. He added that the consortium was "committed to maximising the significant economic social and cultural benefits that will flow from the development of an urban village".

"At the core of these plans are people, those who already live and work in and around the area, as well as those who will become new residents."

A collaboration agreement, setting out the respective roles and responsibilities of DSD and the two private firms, has been signed.

Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey said that while the final detail of the scheme had yet to be agreed, he believes it will tackle "dereliction and neglect" in the area. He said that it had "the potential to not only change the north of the city but will have wider benefits for Northern Ireland as a whole."


11 storey-buildings

The next stage of the process will be a community consultation process followed by the development of detailed proposals for the design of the buildings.

Mr McKay's companies already have planning permission for buildings in the area that are 11 storeys in height. It is thought the maximum height of buildings in the development will be a similar height.

A public exhibition of the project's initial proposals is due to go on display later this month.

It will be held at Belfast Central Library, Royal Avenue, between 17:00 BST and 20:00 BST on Monday 20 October and between 10:00 BST and 13:00 BST on Saturday 25 October.
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Old October 13th, 2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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Some images from other news sites. Be good to see some detailed renders/proposals from the Northside Regeneration Consortium. I intend to pop along to the public display as well.



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Old October 17th, 2014, 02:36 PM   #3
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Northside Regeneration is a consortium led by local property developer Kevin McKay, supported by Balfour Beatty, a global infrastructural development company.

A world class team has been assembled from across the outstanding pool of local expertise. A strategic partnership with Balfour Beatty underpins this investment and brings international experience and skills to the project.

This consortium, chosen to deliver the Northside Regeneration Project following a competitive tendering process conducted by DSD, is made up of:
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Todd
  • Semple McKillop
  • Hawthorne Consulting (NI) Ltd
  • RPP Architects
  • WDR & RT Taggart
  • Albert Fry Associates
  • Mott MacDonald







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Old October 18th, 2014, 12:10 AM   #4
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I like the lighting that's proposed in those renders. I see those particular street lights used quite a bit in Zurich.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 12:56 AM   #5
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I like the lighting that's proposed in those renders. I see those particular street lights used quite a bit in Zurich.

Reminds me of Copenhagen also. A similar style is already used on streets like Hill Street in the Cathedral Quarter.
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Old October 18th, 2014, 10:54 AM   #6
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Good to see some renewed interest in this part of town. Is the 'library quarter' not included in other redevelopment plans though? Part of Streets Ahead or the planned central library extension?
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Old October 18th, 2014, 11:14 AM   #7
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Good to see some renewed interest in this part of town. Is the 'library quarter' not included in other redevelopment plans though? Part of Streets Ahead or the planned central library extension?
Library Square forms part of Streets Ahead but I'm assuming they'll work together on this in regard to harmonising public realm.

The extension to the central library is a separate project seemingly, the library is not included with the 'red area' on the map above.
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Library Square forms part of Streets Ahead but I'm assuming they'll work together on this in regard to harmonising public realm.

The extension to the central library is a separate project seemingly, the library is not included with the 'red area' on the map above.
It seems a pity the clifton gateway site doesn't include the filling station and all the frontage down to the junction with millfield. Could be vested and redeveloped to form a much stronger 'gateway'! Would also allow for few remaining original terraces to be refurbished and fully brought back into use.
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This is quite close to the area earmarked for Royal Exchange, I think?
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Old October 20th, 2014, 04:03 PM   #10
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It seems a pity the clifton gateway site doesn't include the filling station and all the frontage down to the junction with millfield. Could be vested and redeveloped to form a much stronger 'gateway'! Would also allow for few remaining original terraces to be refurbished and fully brought back into use.
Indeed, that area would really benefit from some serious investment. I agree the terraces should be tidied up and retained, they're the only thing left of what looked like a pretty decent street before the planning catastrophes that were Unity and the Westlink.

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This is quite close to the area earmarked for Royal Exchange, I think?
Yeah, very close. Not sure what's going to happen with Royal Exchange though. The university and Northside regeneration may help that project get off the starting-blocks though.
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Anything new on this? Has the consultation started yet?
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LA04/2015/0609/F

140 Donegall Street
Belfast
BT1 2GX

Purpose built managed student accommodation comprising 710 no. units with associated amenity and ancilliary support accommodation with 54 no. lower ground floor parking spaces

NEW APPLICATION RECEIVED

Northside Regeneration LTD

http://epicpublic.planningni.gov.uk/...=NR9MJDSV30000
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LA04/2015/0609/F

140 Donegall Street
Belfast
BT1 2GX

Purpose built managed student accommodation comprising 710 no. units with associated amenity and ancilliary support accommodation with 54 no. lower ground floor parking spaces

NEW APPLICATION RECEIVED

Northside Regeneration LTD

http://epicpublic.planningni.gov.uk/...=NR9MJDSV30000
Nice to see movement with the Northside plans.

This the proposal, image taken from Northside's website

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Outline planning application submitted for the Regeneration of Belfast City’s Northside
29 June 2015



Northside Regeneration Ltd, the development team selected by the Department for Social Development (DSD) to take forward the objectives of the Northside Urban Village Regeneration Implementation Plan, has submitted its outline planning application to Belfast City Council on Monday 29 June 2015.

The plans submitted follow a pre-planning application community consultation completed at the end of last year which influenced the design of this mixed use regeneration scheme. The plans provide a comprehensive regeneration framework for the benefit of the whole area rather than a stand-alone project and include a hotel, commercial space, apartments, office, retail units, as well as social housing in the Clifton street area. Detailed plans have also been included for part of the purpose built student accommodation provision with an initial 710 beds near the new Ulster University campus. The total project will be delivered in phases over a five to seven year build programme.

The Northside Regeneration project will create an opportunity for up to £300million of private sector investment and it is estimated that throughout the course of the project over 1500 jobs will be created or safeguarded, and the overall value to the Northern Ireland economy will be in the region of £770m.

Northside Regeneration is a partnership between Balfour Beatty, a global infrastructure services company and award winning local property developer Kevin McKay. The consortium has assembled a strong team focused on the successful realisation of the project and combining outstanding local expertise and international experience and skills. Balfour Beatty’s involvement underpins this investment and the deliverability of the regeneration scheme.

The regeneration of the Northside of Belfast is considered one of the most significant development in the life of the City in over a century. This multimillion pound project is a major inward investment for the City and the region as a whole, and with it come global standards and ambitions for the Northside redevelopment.

Ian Woosey, Director of Development at Balfour Beatty Investments said:

“The Northside Regeneration consortium is committed to maximising the significant economic social and cultural benefits that will flow from the development of this comprehensive regeneration scheme and the creation of services, facilities, amenities, cultural infrastructure, creative enterprises and employment that will strengthen the city community. There are exciting apprenticeship and graduate opportunities and it is estimated that around 90% of all the construction spend will be with local SMEs.”

Northsides’ Kevin McKay said:

“The plans we have developed have given careful consideration to the feedback we received during our consultation with local people. We have been sensitive to building heights, the preservation of heritage buildings and their facades as well as the proportionality of the mixed use scheme. What we have submitted in our applications has the potential to transform the Northside of the City and benefit those who live, visit and work there. This represents a major re-development of an area that has experienced dereliction and neglect over many years has the potential to not only change the North of the City but will have wider benefits for Northern Ireland as a whole.”
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Much more professional looking than the previous proposal, I'm glad that wasn't built
Absolutely, hopefully bodes well for the rest of the area.
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Perspective image taken from planning application docs




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Proposed plan for the area
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18 - 26 Library Street

While not owned by the Northside project it does fall within the area.

FutureBelfast have posted an update for the site that adjoins Library Square.

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A planning application submitted in June 2015 by Car Park Services Ltd and Slaney Ltd proposes to develop managed purpose-built student accommodation. The planning application description indicates that the scheme comprises 78 apartments containing 408 en-suite bedrooms with shared living rooms and kitchens and 10 studio apartments containing 36 self contained studios on ground and 10 upper storeys, a landscaped courtyard and a management reception office at ground level; a basement level containing 22 car parking spaces, 104 cycle spaces, changing area and showers, gymnasium, games room, TV room and laundry; ancillary plant rooms and storage including bin storage and a car lift accessed from Kent Street.

http://epicpublic.planningni.gov.uk/...=NRUFCMSV30000
No drawings posted to Planning portal yet.
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I've always liked this render (the new builds in the background really catch the eye) but was never sure if we'd get something similar. The 18-26 Library Street on Future Belfast has used the pic of a "typical" proposal on Kent/Stephen Street (pic here: http://www.futurebelfast.com/uploads...986473.jpg?411). I know it's not the same plot but I'm wondering if we're to expect a raft of the "typical" in the area now with everything needing done so quick, what do you think are the implications for the general plan for the area as it was even a year ago? Granted, 140 Donegall Street seems a step up on before, but still.
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I think the current pic for is from the older proposal that was approved in 2012. Hopefully the new proposal is added soon. Not sure what to expect though to be honest. I don't think the student accom is going to be wow, the architects aren't particularly innovative judging by their previous projects. I think that sort of thing will be reserved, hopefully, for the private apartment projects and those being progressed by Northside itself..
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