The development at the former St. Patrick's Barracks in Ballymena will deliver a new multi-purpose facility including a leisure centre, i4C Innovation Centre, office accommodation.
The St Patrick's Barracks site is a strategically important location of approx. 15 hectares, close to the centre of Ballymena. The Barracks was closed by the Ministry of Defence in 2007 and declared surplus, then transferred to the Northern Ireland Executive. The Department now owns the site and is leading on the delivery of a housing-led regeneration programme, along with other interested public bodies.
We are working to make the site ready to progress the approved development plan. This plan has been established through a collaborative process; involving extensive consultation and engagement with local representatives, stakeholders and the wider community.
As well as obtaining planning approval for the preferred development plan for the site, the Department has also gained approval for the proposed new road infrastructure.
The Development Plan for the site is the roadmap for the flagship, shared, mixed use, housing-led regeneration scheme. The plan includes residential homes, a new civic space, a leisure and wellbeing centre, an Integrated Industrial Inspiration and Innovation Campus, along with the provision of car parking, road infrastructure and foot and cycle paths, and a new PSNI building.
Stakeholders continue to refine their individual plans based on the overall approved Development Plan.
Ensure you have a BREEAM accredited architect at the outset.
Ensure the whole design / development team are aware of the criteria to achieve BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. Ensure effective communication across the multi-discipline team, to ensure all areas of work are aligned and do not conflict with one another.
Ensure design is compliant with the most recent legislations. Ensure the procurement board are aware of criteria for targeting BREEAM 'Excellent'.
Research other BREEAM 'Excellent' rating developments, to learn from best practice and to ensure to avoid challenging issues etc.