Counterpoint - Sandy Row regeneration
The third year architecture students of Queen’s University Belfast have been working on master plans for the regeneration of Sandy Row and the surrounding area; in an attempt to discover how best to address the decline of recent decades.
The overall objective of the master plan is for Sandy Row to become a new node of the city, linking the south of Belfast to the city centre, whilst retaining its identity.
The area surrounding Days Hotel is a crucial point of the strategy and the ambition is for this space to become a landscaped area, with space provided for community allotments, school conservation areas and plots for potential prime real estate (commercial or domestic).
This space will act as a seed for growth for the rest of the area, and the intention is that a sequence of small public spaces be created along sandy row as well as rejuvenating store fronts and providing spaces for evening educational activities and classes. The idea is that this green space will bring people and commercial activity to sandy row, with the overall aim of opening up a new axis to the industrial estate.
Full development along the axes of multi use buildings will increase revenue to the area as well as strengthen the sense of community through giving Sandy Row an area to be proud of.