Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Next Generation - 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.

Sandy Row - Next Generation
Sandy Row - Next Generation

Our analysis of Sandy Row presented 3 themes from which to build our master plan around.

The first was education and primarily the lack of a local secondary school in the area; we found that most children who should be attending secondary school either were not going or else having to travel between 30-60 minutes in the morning to get to one. We propose to turn Blythefield Primary back into a secondary school and supplement this move with a new primary school and nursery on the edge of what is now the Weavers court industrial estate.

The second of our agendas is to increase the density of the area by filling unused plots along the main street front and proposing that Sandy Row increases its building height to include accommodation above shop fronts.

Lastly we propose new physical measures to link Sandy Row with the rest of Belfast. This will include improved connections to Europa bus and train terminal, a transitional zone on the site of the Days Hotel car park and a greenway project that runs along the railway line and opens up new pedestrian routes to the south and west.

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