Newforge – Leading the Way on a Visionary Shared Space for All

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Construction has started on the visionary Newforge Community Development Trust Shared Space scheme, with Hamilton Architects leading the Integrated Consultancy Team.

This ambitious project aims to create a more cohesive society by transforming a restricted space in south Belfast into a shared space which will make a major direct contribution to peace and reconciliation throughout Northern Ireland and the cross-border region.

The project is supported by €5.8m of funding from the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, with match-funding provided by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland, the Department of Rural and Community Development in Ireland, and £1m of funding from Sport Northern Ireland’s Multi-Facility Fund.

NCDT Shared Space: Phase 2 sports facility is a new build facility which will be located on existing NCDT lands at Newforge Lane, Belfast.  The centre will comprise staff and visitor parking, reception foyer, Changing Places toilet, toilets, first aid room, offices, sports hall and associated changing provisions, refreshment area, staff kitchen, strength, conditioning & fitness suite, multi-purpose rooms, stores, and ancillaries.  Accommodation is located at ground and first floor level, served by a lift and stairs

The new state-of-the-art complex aims to facilitate co-existence between members of the community and members (past and present) of the security, emergency and armed forces across the island.  Participation is expected from community groups, youth groups, schools, churches, sports clubs, and local residents on a cross-community basis.

The project also aims to obtain Disability Sport NI’s Inclusive Sports Facility (ISF) Excellence mark for new sports facilities. Consideration has been given during the technical design stage so that every person with a disability has the right to participate in all aspects of life and are committed to building a more inclusive society where people with disabilities have the same opportunity as non-disabled people to lead a full, active and healthy lifestyle through sport and active recreation. As Economic Operator, Hamilton Architects are taking the lead in all consultations with local stakeholders, supported by Council staff, and in obtaining necessary approvals and consents.  Completion is expected in 2022.