Radius Homes has launched a design contest for 150 new social homes on the former St Patrick’s Barracks in Ballymena, Northern Ireland
The competition seeks ‘innovative and high-quality’ proposals for up to 150 affordable dwellings on the prominent 14ha site which was home to the Royal Irish Regiment until its closure 11 years ago.
The £12 million-to-£15 million project will deliver a mix of social and affordable one-bedroom, two-bedroom, three-bedroom and four-bedroom homes on the historic suburban plot overlooking the River Braid located a short distance from WDR & RT Taggart’s landmark ECOS visitor centre.
In its brief, Radius Homes says it is seeking a development ‘that will provide high-quality homes for families and individuals in the Ballymena area and which will integrate fully with the surrounding area with a view on the future use of the overall site.
‘The design contest should create an innovative, high-quality housing offer that reflects the unique characteristics of the subject lands and their surroundings, while also encompassing our vision of challenging the perception of social housing design and delivery.’
St Patrick’s Barracks, located on a large riverside site east of Ballymena town centre, was used by the United States Army during the Second World War before becoming home to the Royal Ulster Rifles, the Royal Irish Rangers and later the Royal Irish Regiment.
The base closed in 2007 with the site earmarked for residential redevelopment. Large numbers of former military buildings on the site are expected to be demolished prior to detailed design of the new housing.
Competition judges include Radius Homes senior development officer Karen Treharne; Radius Homes director of development Anita Conway; Sam McKee, associate director at Turley Associates; and Radius Homes procurement manager Paul Murtagh. The competition is open to architects eligible to practise in the UK.
An overall winner will be announced on 5 October. The deadline for applications is midday, 25 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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