Colin Connect Transport Hub & Colin Town Civic Square

RSUA's 2019 'Building of the Year'

Project Details

Client & Part Funder: Department for Infrastructure


Part Funders: NI Executive, Urban Villages & T:BUC


Facility Operator: Translink


Lead Designer & Project Manager: Amey Consulting

Colin Connect Transport Hub & Colin Town Civic Square

The Client

Department for Infrastructure

This scheme is the first phase of the larger Colin Town Centre Masterplan, a blueprint involving the creation of a commercially viable & sustainable town centre for Colin, an up & coming area of west Belfast. This was a complex, bespoke project & the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. The overarching objective of the project was to provide a transport hub that fulfils the needs of the Belfast Rapid Transit (BRT) system & helps to develop Colin into a thriving Urban Village.

The state-of-the-art facility has been designed to improve accessibility & connectivity with other parts of Belfast as well as providing much needed community facilities & shared space via a new town square for community events. This innovative project is the first shared use transport & community hub in Northern Ireland. 

The hub building is a unique in-situ concrete framed structure with complex geometry curving and rising in various directions presenting many challenges during both design and construction.  The concrete roof structure was designed using a finite element model to accommodate the complex geometry.  The interior of the building was constructed using an innovative technique that made use of in-situ, pigmented, board marked concrete - coloured red to evoke tones of Victorian brickwork that define many of Belfast’s historic city streets.    

2019 RSUA Liam McCormick Prize for Building of the Year

2019 RIBA National Award

2019 Irish Construction Industry Awards – finalist in the Commercial Project of the Year category

2019 Bronze National Site Award (Considerate Constructors Scheme)

2018 Concrete Society Awards – Highly Commended

2019 Concrete Society Awards – Winner of 'Best Building Project of the Year'

Colin Connect Transport Hub & Colin Town Civic Square

The Client

Department for Infrastructure

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