Social housing at North Queen Street, Belfast

Demolition of an existing police station and construction of 26 social housing units including roads, parking, siteworks, drainage & utility services – on a site adjacent to the A12 Westlink and a busy road. 

Project Details

Project Team

Architect: Knox & Clayton
Civil & Structural Engineer: BW Murray
M&E Engineer: ISD
Quantity Surveyor: VB Evans

Awards

2017 CEF Construction Excellence Awards, winner in "Social Housing" category. 2017 RICS Award, winner in "Regeneration" category. 2018 CIH Housing Awards, winner of "Best Small Housing Development".

Social housing at North Queen Street, Belfast

The Client

Apex Housing Association in association with Newington Housing Association

The new homes were designed to meet Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design and all statutory regulations.

The scheme was constructed traditionally with strip foundations, a variety of precast/ground bearing slabs, timber joists forming first floors and concrete roof tiles on contractor-designed trusses. The new houses had traditional brick facades with reconstituted stone window/door surrounds, complementing adjacent housing developments. Acoustic rated glass was installed, reducing the impacts of road noise from the A12 Westlink. Mechanical Ventilation Heat Recovery (MVHR) units were fitted in all homes.

“Newington HA have not only worked with FORRME on this project, but also on our multi award winning development on the Limestone Road. FORRME are a very responsible and responsive contractor who understand Newington HA’s ethos for community engagement and partnership. FORRME are fantastic in their dealings with the local communities where they are working and have always engaged positively to reduce disruption and inconvenience for local residents. We have received high quality homes at North Queen Street and are extremely proud of the difference they have made to the surrounding area. They are a fantastic showcase for the quality standards we set ourselves as a Housing Association.” Anthony Kerr, Director of Operations, Newington Housing Association

Social housing at North Queen Street, Belfast

The Client

Apex Housing Association in association with Newington Housing Association

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