VISTEON Regeneration Project-- Transforming a neglected brownfield site into West Belfast’s newest sustainable neighbourhood.
Following 18 months of negotiations Radius completed the purchase of the 21.5 acre former Visteon site (which had been vacant since 2009) in June 2013. This acquisition represents a huge commitment by Radius in beginning a transformation process of one of the city’s largest and most geographically prominent brownfield sites, into West Belfast’s newest sustainable neighbourhood. Regeneration of the former Visteon site will deliver much needed additional housing in West Belfast, in an area where social housing demand outstrips supply. Our plans also include integrated commercial and community facilities for the benefit of the wider West Belfast area.
A ‘brownfield’ site designation refers to an area of land previously used for industrial activity, which has become vacant and derelict. The redevelopment of such sites is usually complex and costly due to years of inactivity and neglect.
The former Visteon car manufacturing site located 4.2 miles south west of Belfast City Centre, on lands adjoining the M1 motorway between Blacks Road and Finaghy Road North, represents an example of such a complex brownfield site.
Housing Mix- Homes to Suit Everyone
In its capacity as a Registered Housing Association, Radius seeks to address the significant social housing need within West Belfast and also contribute to wider city place-making efforts by establishing a new, sustainable neighbourhood within the Ladybrook ward. The range of house types will include 2 and 3 bedroom family dwellings, designed to meet the needs of specific residents (i.e. wheelchair users) plus a small number of apartments interspersed across the site.
Breakdown of Housing Types
- 85no. 3 bedroom houses
- 92no. 2 bedroom houses
- 9no. 2 bedroom apartments
- 3no. 3 bedroom wheelchair accessible bungalows
- 4no. 2 bedroom wheelchair accessible bungalows
- 1no. 3 bedroom wheelchair accessible house
- 1no. 1 bedroom wheelchair accessible apartment
- 1no. 3 bedroom wheelchair accessible bungalow
Private / Affordable Homes
- 28no. 3 bedroom houses (3 storey)
- 8no. 3 bedroom houses (2 storey)
- 12no. 2 bedroom apartments
Community and Commercial Interests
The proposed development makes provision for circa 6,600 sqm of community and employment uses on site. This will include the creation of flexible community space for a multitude of activities and usage. Detailed design of this shared community asset will be informed through collaboration with existing groups and organisations working within the wider Ladybrook area, as well as other statutory agencies, in order to maximise community gain and avoid duplication and displacement of existing resources.
In keeping with the industrial history of the site, Radius Housing will proactively champion the development of a viable commercial component within the development scheme. Significant effort will be placed on working with private sector interests and training and employment agencies in order to maximise opportunities for the creation of long term sustainable employment in tandem with short to medium term employment opportunities as a result of onsite construction. The construction contract was awarded to Kevin Watson Group in early 2018. Enabling works will commence in June / July 2018 and it is anticipated to take approximately 12 months to complete, following this property construction will take a further 2 years to complete.