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Ballymena barracks redevelopment makes waves

Words: Roger Milne
Demolition works set to begin at Ballymena barracks / iStock-178536404

Demolition work at St Patrick’s Barracks in Ballymena – a precursor to its regeneration – will get under way shortly, says the Department for Communities.

The site, near the town centre, covers 14.8 hectares and includes former military buildings and a parade ground.

Most of the properties at the site will be demolished with the exception of the Sandhurst and York buildings, which will be used for civic and community purposes while the parade ground will be used as a shared open space.

The Ministry of Defence closed St Patrick’s Barracks in 2007 after declaring it surplus to needs. It was subsequently transferred to the Northern Ireland Executive, and the Department for Communities is leading on the delivery of a housing-led regeneration programme with other interested public bodies.

Damian Mulholland, regional director at the Department for Communities, said: “Subject to planning and other statutory approvals, the site will see significant investment in the town and will result in a mixed tenure/shared housing scheme along with leisure, civic and community space.”

The project is expected to deliver approximately 150 social and affordable residential units.

Anne Donaghy, chief executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, said: “The development of this iconic site is a flagship project for the entire borough. The St Patrick's Barracks proposals are aimed at not only encouraging enterprise, but also at making the maximum use of this large site’s close proximity to the town centre and main commercial area.”

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