Belfast Telegraph

Friday 21 November 2014

Sandy Row regeneration project - Regrowth

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 - Regrowth
Sandy Row - Regrowth

Sandy Row has become neglected and is in need of attention. There is simply no substitute for the physical spaces of public assembly.

Public space is the lever by which urban design works on the city, by which the subtle relations of public and private are nourished.

A network of pedestrian connections links all the public facilities in and around the combined public space and commercial area. The platform performs as a collector of people.

The theme is derived from acknowledging the significance and purpose of the Sandy Row area. This master plan is fabricated to satisfy the requirements of the residents: we have created another 116 homes and increased the size of existing housing, turning the maisonettes into town houses.

We have also reflected the desire to help the user move towards self- sufficiency, by supplying allotments. This will, in turn, help to educate a new generation of users.

We have taken into account the physical, social and environmental issues that the community deals with on a daily basis.

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