Colin Town Centre Masterplan, Belfast
Colin is the name recently given to a large area of suburban Belfast where homes were built from the 1960s onwards as part of inner city rehousing scheme. Today the area has a population in excess of 25,000 people, living in 3 low density neighbourhoods on steep slopes of the Belfast Hills. As well as facing socio-economic challenges, Colin also has a lack of facilities, placing added pressure on its residents, as well as service providers.
The Paul Hogarth Company was appointed to lead a multidisciplinary team to prepare a masterplan for a new town centre in the heart of Colin. The process was founded on extensive stakeholder consultation involving residents, community groups and school children, through to departments and ministers of the Northern Ireland Executive.
The masterplan is focussed around a central civic square and once delivered will see the introduction of a new rapid transit system, secondary school, health centre, community hub, commercial space and residential units. A new park will also be created, along with foot and cycle links to a new primary school and leisure centre being constructed nearby.
The masterplan received outline planning consent with no objections and Phase 1 and 2 are now underway, bringing about an exciting and much needed transformation of the area.