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Belfast Visteon £30m homes development renamed 'Blacks Gate'

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Vision: Diana Fitzsimons

Vision: Diana Fitzsimons

Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Ey

Vision: Diana Fitzsimons

Housing association Radius has announced it's renamed its new £30m housing development on the former Visteon factory site in west Belfast.

The construction of the 244 new homes is under way, with over 100 people working on the site - resulting in a total economic impact of £86m.

Radius said unveiling the 'Blacks Gate' name is a major milestone for the project, off Blacks Road.

The name emerged from a project carried out by Radius involving pupils at Malone College.

The pupils came up with suggestions for names, as well as a brand identity and plans for open space and community facilities.

The project led to a number of suggested names, which were submitted to Belfast City Council, and Blacks Gate was chosen.

Blacks Gate is one of the largest mixed tenure housing developments in Northern Ireland.

The project will see the construction of 244 private and social homes, alongside community and workspace facilities, all set within newly landscaped and open space on the former factory site.

Radius Housing chairperson Diana Fitzsimons described the development as an important project.

"This has been a challenging project, but we have had a clear vision and determination to see new, high quality homes developed on this site," she said.

"Construction projects like this one are hugely important to the local economy, by creating jobs and apprenticeship opportunities, and our corporate plan will see Radius do even more to support the construction sector in the coming years."

Construction began in June 2019.

Belfast Telegraph