The RIBA is inviting architect-led design teams to compete to design a £12 million regeneration-focused ‘expo centre’ on the site of a former police station in west Belfast, Northern Ireland
The centre is planned as a place to showcase the district’s regeneration, setting, it is hoped, a ‘new standard’ in terms of innovation and design. Daniel Libeskind will chair the judging panel.
It will be built on a triangle-shaped site at the junction of Falls Road and Glen Road overlooking a cemetery. Andersontown police barracks previously occupied the land but was demolished in 2005.
The ‘imposing’ fortress featured a watchtower and barbed wire fences. An IRA car bomb exploded in May 1983 at the station causing an estimated £1 million worth of damage.
Alex Attwood, Northern Ireland’s minister for social development, said: ‘We’re looking for a first-rate design that the local community can value and be proud of.
‘I want a building that meets the design brief in a creative way – with flexible spaces for regeneration, the arts and local services and with local people central to the project.’
A five-strong shortlist of teams will be invited to produce designs with each receiving a £6,000 (excluding VAT) honorarium.
Practices with ‘insufficient resources’ are encouraged to team up with a delivery architect, if appropriate.
The project is backed by the Northern Ireland Department for Social Development’s Belfast Regeneration Office, West Belfast Partnership Board (WBPB) and PLACE the Architecture & Built Environment Centre.
The deadline for applications is Friday 17 December.