Newington Housing Association’s Parkside scheme was last night awarded best social housing scheme at the Construction Employers Federation Awards at the Culloden Hotel.
The scheme is one of a pair of social housing developments that cost a total of £9.2m underpins economic and community regeneration in the Limestone Road area in North Belfast.
Regarded as a ‘flashpoint’ during The Troubles, high levels of civil unrest and community division have, historically, complicated efforts to put existing housing and land to their best use to meet acute housing need in the area.
Gary Dugan, Chief Executive of Newington Housing Association said:
“Although these homes have only recently been completed, there has been a significant and positive impact on community confidence in the area. The planning, development and completion stages have enabled wider cross-community discussions about how this area can improve and secure new opportunities for sustained prosperity. A concerted effort on both sides of the interface and support from our statutory partners has injected new energy that is reinvigorating Limestone Road.
“In the past, some viewed Limestone Road as a last resort but now this is a place where people want to live and that’s having a positive impact on this area and others. As a result of people choosing to relocate, redevelopment plans for surrounding areas such as Long Streets in the New Lodge are becoming possible. Alongside our development partner, Apex Housing, we are hopeful of creating up to 90 new homes in the near future.”
Extensive cross-community engagement helped shape the overall planning and delivery of the new homes in the once-abandoned residential sites and the units have been carefully designed to retain the heritage of the area.
Speaking at the official opening of the housing developments, Belfast Lord Mayor Nicola Mallon said:
Speaking at the official opening of the housing developments, Belfast Lord Mayor Nicola Mallon said: “This is a welcome development for north Belfast and I am delighted to meet our new neighbours and engage with local residents – whether they be already established or newcomers to the area. This is a wonderful community with a great heart. I sincerely wish residents here every happiness in their new homes for years to come”.
Mervyn Storey MLA, Minister for Social Development, said:
“One of my aims is to provide an increased number of good quality social homes throughout Northern Ireland. I am delighted that DSD Funding of £5.6m has been invested in these 70 new energy efficient homes on the Limestone Road. I’m sure everyone will agree that these are a welcome addition to the area.
“Newington Housing Association should be congratulated for providing these new homes in North Belfast and returning the area to a place where people want to live.”
The new homes have been built to high energy-efficiency standards to reduce heating and energy bills for the families who live there.
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- NHA was created in 1975 principally in response to the troubles in the Limestone Road area and it has worked vigorously to transform and redevelop this interface area for the benefit of all communities.
- Newington Housing Association provides high quality homes for families, the elderly, single adults and – with the De Paul Trust – it jointly manages a homeless family hostel facility.
- A community-based organisation, Newington manages more than 430 homes and is making a unique contribution to some of the most complex societal divisions. It seeks to set new benchmarks for how housing associations can support and encourage tenants and communities to get behind the push for a more peaceful society.
- Both The Glen and Parkside schemes were designed by McCartan Muldoon Architects and built by O’Hanlon & Farrell.
- T&A Kernoghan were contractors on both Parkend Street and Clanchatton Street.