The Belfast Streets Ahead regeneration project, masterplanned by Aecom, has taken the top prize in its category at the RICS Awards Grand Final.

Belfast Streets Ahead
Belfast Streets Ahead

The £28 million initivative by the Department for Social Development (DSD) was the regeneration winner at the RICS Awards Grand Fina, held at The Savoy in London. From 560 entries to the awards, 48 were shortlisted for the Grand Final, at which there were winners in the categories of regeneration, building conservation, community benefit, design and innovation, and project of the year.

Belfast Streets Ahead comprises the regeneration of three areas of Belfast’s city centre which has become a key part of the city’s economic, social and environmental revival. The Belfast Streets Ahead project has embraced masterplanning, public realm design and stakeholder engagement, creating a catalyst for change in the city centre.

The overall objective of the scheme was to strengthen Belfast as a premier regional shopping destination of high quality in a safe, urban environment which would attract employees, investors, residents and tourists placing Belfast in the competitive arena against other European cities. Transformations included utility renewal and upgrade, high quality natural stone paving, discreet CCTV and a striking art installation, which is a new landmark for the city.

It addressed pedestrian needs, in some areas integrating pedestrian and public transport routes. The regeneration of the city centre through the Belfast Streets Ahead project has increased footfall for city centre retailers, economic growth and social inclusion.

Praising Belfast Streets Ahead, RICS Awards Judging Chairman, David Tuffin, said: ‘The carefully considered design of the new streetscape has dramatically enhanced the experience and outlook for visitors, increased footfall and time spent. The end result has transformed the city centre and encouraged further sustainable private sector investment.

The project team for the Belfast Streets Ahead project included: Department for Social Development, Department of Finance and Personnel, Aecom, Design+Planning, Turner & Townsend, Mouchel, Ostick & Williams, Farrans Construction Ltd, Atkins.


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