Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Development of Brownfield Land - Wed 25 March 2015

Understand the Impact of Planning Reform & Better Assess & Manage Risks for Cost Effective Re-Development of Brownfield Land
Wednesday 25th March 2015, Belfast

Implementation of a major reform of the Planning System, and the transfer of planning functions to 11 new local councils in Northern Ireland, took pace on April 2015. The majority of contaminated land and groundwater is dealt with under the Planning regime, and so it is important that all professionals involved in brownfield development have a thorough understanding of this reform and the impact it will have.

Brownfield Briefing return to Belfast in March 2015 with a fully re-researched and updated conference, bringing together key players to discuss the implications of a new planning framework on the assessment and management of risks arising from contaminated land and groundwater on brownfield sites.

Hear first-hand practical advice on producing a risk assessment to support a planning application, how to scope your site investigation based on remedial objectives so you are only collecting – and paying for – the information you really need. Learn how to better understand and manage risks and develop appropriate verification measures to prove that any remediation undertaken is measurable and justifiable.

Packed with first-hand insights and practical case studies, this event will leave you with a better understanding of the way forward in managing and developing brownfield land in the new regime in just a few months’ time.

Click here to view the full programme

Former Sirocco works in Belfast.

Key topics include:
  • Update on the outcome of the Planning Reform and exploring the future for Planning and Development in Northern Ireland
  • Local Council Perspective: Contaminated Land Risk Assessment in the new Planning Process
  • Exploring brownfields as drivers for economic and social regeneration
  • Developer’s Perspective on planning and regulatory changes, brownfield challenges and solutions
  • Perspective & Case Studies from the DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Producing a robust, coherent and appropriate risk assessment to support a planning application
  • Strategies for achieving more accurate risk assessment of groundwater to minimise the impact of groundwater contamination on land use
  • Developing a robust, detailed and integrated risk assessment to enable appropriate remediation and increase cost-efficiencies
  • Waste Management: Assessing the impact of new Environmental & Waste regulation on the development of brownfield land
  • Asbestos: Strategies for the identification, remediation and re-use of asbestos-contaminated materials

Key speakers include:
  • Siobhan Cox, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Simon Kirk, Strategic Planning Division, Dept of the Environment
  • Kyle M Alexander OBE, Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation
  • John O’Connor, The Housing Agency, Republic of Ireland
  • Brian Kelly, Turley Associates
  • Theresa Kearney, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Naomi Earl, Freelance Contaminated Consultant & Member of DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Graham Webb, Geosyntec
  • Cecilia Macleod, WYG
  • Yvonne Buchanan, WYG
  • Chris Piddington, Vertase FLI
  • James Macfarlane, Hydrock
  • Richard Yarnold, Hydrock

Date: 25 March 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

Monday, 13 April 2015

UHCT Seminar on Church Care and Funding Sources - 21 April 2015

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust invites you to a seminar on church care and funding sources in the Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Magheralin, Co. Down on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust which was founded in 1995 and exists to promote best practice in Church maintenance has run several seminars and conferences over many years. It also organised with UTV and the NIEA the Church Maintenance award scheme of 2006. To date it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown,Derry~Londonderry and Enniskillen. 2012 saw a the release of a new publication titled ‘New Life for Churches in Ireland-Good Practice in Conversion and Reuse’.

Image Credit: Colin Boyle on

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Time: 10.30am - 1pm
Venue: Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Magheralin, Co. Down
Cost: £10 including lunch
Booking: Email or phone 079 7953 0379
Information: For further information visit

Seminar Timetable

10.30am: Welcome by Rector
10.40am: Works undertaken to Magheralin Church funded by the National Churches Trust Project Architect - Des Cairns
11.00am: Representatives of the National Churches Trust
12.00noon: Government assistance with caring for Places of Worship Manus Deery, Assistant Director NI Environment Agency
12.20pm: Q&A
12.40pm: Sandwich lunch in Church hall

Anglo-Korean Design wins Yeats Architecture Competition

An Anglo-Korean design concept entitled ‘Square Moon’ has been selected as the overall winner of the Yeats 2015 Architectural Competition.

The announcement was made at the official launch of Yeats Day 2015 at the Model in Sligo.

The winning concept (below), inspired by WB Yeats’ poem ‘The Lake Isle of Innisfree’, was submitted by shindesignworks - an Anglo-Korean architecture design team based in London and Daegu, South Korea. Architects Yong ho Shin and John Randle lead a small professional design unit specialising in exploring innovative concepts and developing advanced proposals in the field of architectural, environmental and industrial design.

'Square Moon' - Winner of the Yeats 2015 Architectural Competition

Their submission, which is an aluminium-scaled frame and uses luminous lantern light, impressed the independent judging panel for its clarity and simplicity.

The Yeats Architectural competition was conceived by the Institute of Technology Sligo Architectural Design Programme team, Cliona Brady, Bernadette Donohoe and Michael Roulston, in partnership with the Model Sligo, Yeats 2015, Hazelwood Demesne Ltd and Sligo County Council.

In January this year, conceptual interpretations were invited of WB Yeats’ famous poem ‘The Lake isle of Innisfree’. The competition attracted strong international interest with in excess of 400 registration enquiries from 33 countries and 110 entries were made for the main award.

The student category award was won by Zita Fodor, Nóra Ferenczi and Éva Baráth, from Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary.

The overall winning design will be temporarily installed along the jetty area of Isle of Innisfree on Lough Gill for Yeats Day, June 13th this year, as a realisation of Yeats’ vision – a gift on his 150th birthday. This temporary installation will also coincide with a series of special events at the Model in Sligo.

The structure will then be moved to its permanent home - on the campus of IT Sligo.
“As one of the principal backers of the competition, the Institute is delighted to help create an important cultural legacy in this very special year for Yeats celebration,” said Professor Vincent Cunnane, President of IT Sligo. 
“We’re honoured to be the permanent home for this new creative installation. It’s the Institute’s hope that its presence on our campus will help foster an enduring connection with Yeats amongst our young student population.”
The competition is part of the Yeats2015 celebrations - a year-long programme of cultural and artistic events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Irish Nobel prize-winning poet William Butler Yeats.
‘’We welcome this ground-breaking architectural event in the year of Yeats2015,” said Ian Brannigan, CEO and Head of Regional Development at the Western Development Commission (WDC). “The international reach of such a venture amply demonstrates the West of Ireland as a veritable global creative region.’’
Selected competition entries from the Yeats Architectural Competition will also be on display as part of special exhibition in the Model, Sligo during September and October.

For more information, visit the competition website:

For more information on Yeats2015 visit

For competition enquiries, please contact Marianne O’Kane Boal, Yeats Architecture Competition Project Manager. Email or phone 0035385 7687757.

List of main prizewinners - Main Competition

Overall Winner:
shindesignworks, London/Daegu (South Korea)

Highly Commended: AP+E - Architecture Practice + Experimentation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Highly Commended: time[scape]lab - Tennessee, USA

Commended: Nós Workshop, Dublin, Ireland

Commended: Samuel Little, London, UK

List of main prizewinners - Student Conceptual Competition

Overall Winner: Zita Fodor, Nóra Ferenczi and Éva Baráth, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary

Highly Commended: Andras Dankhazi, Graduate, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland

Highly Commended: Creative Leap Collective, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK

Highly Commended: Conor English, Henry Forbes & Matthew McCallum, Dundee School of Architecture, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Highly Commended: Rachel Delargy, Queens University Belfast graduate, Belfast

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Miguel Martin: Out of Site

The University Art Gallery at the Belfast School of Art presents 'Out of Site', an exhibition of intricate line drawings, recording various interior spaces within the iconic Orpheus Building, before its final stages of reconstruction. Commissioned by The University’s Arts and Culture Department, Martin has spent the last academic year visiting the University to produce these observational drawings on site. Martin encapsulates the various visual art disciplines embraced by the University through a series of 12 new drawings, creating a portrait of the building itself.  

This form of artistic practice confronts the fragility of physical space by archiving the last moments of this historic building. Its legacy remains preserved and celebrated for a new generation of students and staff who will breath new life into its transformed structure upon completion.  

Miguel Martin comments: “It was an absolute pleasure to be invited back to the University to work on this project. Having made a similar series of drawings for my Degree show back in 2008, depicting each workspace occupied by the students of my year, it gave a poetic cyclical significance to this area of my practice. I experienced some of the best years of my life in this building, and was humbled by the idea of paying tribute to its memory in such a personal way.”

Miguel Martin (b. 1985 Belfast, UK) studied BA Fine and Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast (2005-2008) where he was presented the Northern Bank Toradht award for drawing in his final year. His most recent solo show All good in the Manhood was exhibited at the Abrons Arts Center, New York (2011). Selected group shows include The FarAway Nearby, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge (2014); Presently, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2014); Jerwood drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2013); You are now entering _________ , Derry/Londonderry, CCA Derry/Londonderry (2012); London Art Fair, London (2012); He lives in Belfast and works from his studio at Platform Arts, Queen Street.

Out of Site runs from 16 April - 16 May, with an opening reception on April 16, 6-9pm. 

Living Places: An Urban Stewardship & Design Guide wins at the UK Place Making Awards 2015

DOE Planning's Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland has won a prestigious UK Planning Award.

Stewardship, the way in which our urban places are managed and maintained, has traditionally been considered separately from the planning and design process. However, Living Places for the first time treats urban stewardship and design with equal measure.

The judges described Living Places as ‘ambitious in scope and inclusive in approach, resulting in the production of an impressive design guide for Northern Ireland'.

Launch of Living Places in September 2014. L - R: Michael Corr
(Creative Director, PLACE), Minister Mark H Durkan (DoE),
Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council) and James
Hennessey (Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company).

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said:
“It is very fitting that Living Places has received such a prestigious award. The guide inspires a fresh and exciting new approach to planning for our villages, town and cities.

“It identifies people and place as the two central pillars of successful and sustainable urban areas. The guide recognises the central role that planning and design has to play in the creation and maintenance of great places old and new.

“The timing of the award could not be better, achieved as we hand planning powers over to the new Councils. ‘Living Places’ will assist councils, designers, community groups, the general public and all users of the reformed planning system to shape how their areas grow and develop. 
“Through this fresh approach to planning, great potential exists for Living Places to be a significant influence in the North, now and into the future.”

Living Places was produced in collaboration with The Paul Hogarth Company with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a steering group of key stakeholders including PLACE.

James Hennessey from The Paul Hogarth Company commented:
"As authors of the guide we would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to the many people from different walks of life who contributed to shaping this document. Making and caring for great places is a collaborative process and we hope that Living Places will help inspire everyone to work together in transforming our towns and cities as better places for all."

The 2015 Place Making award ceremony was held on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, London. From over 200 entries, 14 projects across the UK were announced as winners at the event.

Living Places was published by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on the 18 September 2014 at a symposium organised by PLACE. The symposium took place at the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts and followed a series of training workshops delivered by PLACE across NI to outline the concepts and principles of Living Places. To find out more about the workshops and launch symposium organised by PLACE click

To find out more about Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland, click

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Book Launch: The Railway Photographs of Norman Johnston - 22 April 2015

Colourpoint Books invite you to the launch of "The Railway Photographs of Norman Johnston".

The book launch will be held at the Malone House, Belfast on Wednesday 22 April 2015, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Norman is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost railway historians, and has amassed a huge collection of remarkable photographs of Irish railways. This book includes some of what Norman regarded as the best or most interesting images that he took during the pivotal period between 1964 and 1973. The pictures are presented in roughly chronological order and include some CIE as well as UTA and NIR. All are accompanied by extended captions.

Norman began writing the book during the last two months of his life, completing the manuscript just seven days before his death on 31 August 2014. This book is both a fascinating record of Irish railways during this formative period, and a fitting tribute to a man who has contributed much to both the transport scene and the lives of those who knew him.

Please RSVP to Denise Martin by emailing, or phoning 028 9182 0505.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Titanic Foundation Harland & Wolff Reunion Event - Mon 4 May, 1pm - 5pm

Titanic Foundation would like to hear the stories of the men and women who worked in the former
Harland & Wolff Drawing Offices & Headquarters building (as well as families of former workers).

Whether you started as a messenger boy or apprentice, or were an engineer, naval architect or tracer, come along & share your memories of working in the building and the shipyard.

Date: Monday 4 May
Time: 1pm - 5pm
Venue: The Drawing Offices, Queens Rd, Belfast. Access via rear doors (facing Titanic Belfast).

For more information, please visit, email or call 028 9073 0490.

EPLANI Film Screening: Trashed - Tues 28 April, 7pm

The Environmental & Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) are hosting a screening of the award winning 2012 docu-feature “Trashed” on the Tuesday 28 April.

A Panel discussion will take place after the screening with experts and campaigners in the field of waste management and sustainable development.

In Trashed, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dyan Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destination tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. It touches on issues such as our waste-culture, on sustainable living and on the incinerator process that is often touted as a panacea to our waste management problem.

Date: Tuesday 28 April
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Cost: £3
Booking: Click Here

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Local authority management of the Historic Environment in NI: Learning from Elsewhere - 14th May 2015

The Northern Ireland Branch of the IHBC is holding a half-day seminar on the implications for the historic environment arising from local government reform.

Speakers from Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will provide valuable insights into local authority management of the historic environment in other jurisdictions, the critical importance of centre-local relations in the new planning system, and the potential interface between conservation and community planning.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Anna Irwin, Senior Conservation and Environment Officer, Wrexham County Borough Council
  • Tom Cassidy, Conservation Officer, Limerick City and County Council
  • Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, Ulster University
  • Andrew McClelland, Chair, IHBC Northern Ireland Committee
Registration and refreshments are from 9.30am. The event begins at 10.00am. Lunch will be provided at 1.00pm.

Date: 14th May 2015
Time: 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: Clifton House, Belfast
Registration: £10 per person. Click
Event Questions: Email Nicola Donnelly:
Parking: Free within the grounds of Clifton House.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Screening of Metropolis with live orchestra at Ulster Hall - Sat 21 March

The Ulster Orchestra present a screening of the classic film Metropolis, famed for its architectural scenes, and will perform a live score to accompany the film.

The film is a spectacular work of vision and design, and deservedly one of the most famous silent films of all time. Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and examines a common science fiction theme of the day: the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism. A dramatic, all-sensory experience, not to be missed.

Date: Sat 21 Mar 2015
Time: 7:45pm
Venue: Ulster Hall
Tickets: £25
Book: Click here

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Photo Diary - Family Friendly Urban Photo Walk - 7, 8, 14, 15 March 2015

As part of Family Friendly Belfast 2015 all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. The images below are from the series of walks which took place on 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th March 2015.

Belfast: Streets Ahead Phase 3 Consultation Event - Wed 18 March, 6pm - 9pm

The Department for Social Development are hosting a public consultation event on Wednesday 18th March 2015 in PLACE, Lower Garfield Street, Belfast. 

The purpose of the event is to inform the local community about the Belfast Streets Ahead Phase 3 project. The overall aim of the Phase 3 project is to design and implement public realm improvements (such as new paving, lighting, landscaping, street furniture and public artwork) that will deliver high quality streetscape and open spaces that will contribute positively to the economic and social vitality of the Belfast City Centre and will complement the Ulster University’s planned development of its new campus at York Street.

Draft proposals. Credit:

The Phase 3 project area will cover:
  • Royal Avenue (from Castle Place to Donegall Street),
  • York Street (from Donegall Street to Frederick Street/Great Patrick Street junction),
  • Frederick Street,
  • Library Square (Union Street, Little Donegall Street and Library Street),
  • Cathedral Gardens (aka Buoys Park),
  • the area around St Anne’s Cathedral (Talbot Street, Exchange Street West and Academy Street, including Donegall Street in front of St Anne’s Cathedral),
  • Great Patrick Street (part),
  • Curtis Street
  • York Lane
The consultation event will take place between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 18th March in PLACE, with a short presentation commencing at 7pm.

There will be an opportunity before and after the presentation to ask questions and get more information about the project. Further information on the Phase 3 project can be viewed on the DSD website. Comments on the proposals can be made at the event, by email to DSD at or by writing to: DSD, 4th Floor, Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4HH by 31st March 2015.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

LINI Future Places and Spaces Conference - 1st June 2015

Landscape Institute Northern Ireland and Happening Events invite you to a one-day conference, 'Future Places and Spaces', on 1st June 2015.

Register online via:

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Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Work of a Small Practice: An Exhibition by McGonigle McGrath

An exhibition by McGonigle McGrath: The Work of a Small Practice. This exhibition explores the processes of design and construction of projects including private houses and residential works for the charity Clic Sargent. Representation through drawings, models, construction information and photography.

The exhibition continues daily until Friday 13 March in the David Keir Building, Queen's University, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.


Monday, 23 February 2015

Photo Diary Urban Photo Walk with Aidan Mc Grath

All ages and experiences were invited to join Aidan McGrath, a partner in McGonigle McGrath Architects, for an urban photo walk through central north Belfast on Saturday 14th February 2015. 
With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided through the various techniques required to create stunning architectural images. Participants were invited to bring camera phones, disposable cameras or digital cameras.

Photograph by Jan Hodgen

Photograph by Jan Hodgen
Degradation Porn, Photograph by Aidan McGrath
Photograph by Johanna Leech
Photograph by Johanna Leech
The acceptable face of banking, Photograph by Aidan McGrath

Photograph by Janet Holland

Underpass, Photograph by Janet Holland

Aspire, Photograph by Clive Moore

The good, bad & ugly, Photograph by Clive Moore
Old Belfast Reflection, Photograph by Karen Gray

Up the Workers, Photograph by Karen Gray
Photograph by Esther McGuickan
Old reflected in new, Photograph by Esther McGuickan

Photograph by Blayne Fulton

Photograph by Blayne Fulton

This walk was part of PLACE’s City Saturdays programme, supported by Belfast City Council Arts & Heritage Small Grants.

PLACE join Family Friendly Belfast 2015 with free Urban Walks

PLACE are part of this years Family Friendly Belfast initiative. We'll be offering 8 free Urban Walks suitable for the whole family this March. Full details below:

Urban Photo Walk

All ages and experiences are invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants will be guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. Participants are invited to bring digital cameras, camera phones or disposable cameras. Photos from the walk will be shared online.

Saturday 7 March, 11am
Sunday 8 March, 1pm
Saturday 14 March 1pm
Sunday 15 March 11am

Departs PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, BT1 1FP. Walk lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. Suitable for the whole family. Maximum 15 people per walk.

To book, please visit, or email

PLACE Urban Photo Walk

Urban Explorers

The whole family are invited to explore Belfast city centre. The city's architecture presents a wonderful array of special features waiting to be discovered. Elephants, dolphins, cherubs and harps - become an urban explorer, 'look up', follow the clues and uncover Belfast's wealth of architectural gems.

Saturday 7 March, 1pm
Sunday 8 March, 11am
Saturday 14 March 11am
Sunday 15 March 1pm

Maps and clues can be collected from PLACE , 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, BT1 1FP at the start times advertised. Suitable for the whole family.

No booking required.

Urban Explorers

Competition: The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing

We’ve had so many inspiring entries from green designers for our competition - The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing. We’ve decided to open things up a little - what beautiful imaginative objects can you create to support pollinators and biodiversity on a small scale? Stay tuned for some inspiration from all corners of the world!

Remember the winners will get their own printed design to take pride of PLACE in their school, community garden or city space. The best entrants will be exhibited in our Belfast city centre space.

Get designing! The deadline’s March 6th 2015. Full details available at

Full competition details at

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Boom! Collective & Studio repurpose vacant building in Bangor

Boom! Collective & Studio have repurposed the top floor of the former Clinton Cards building on 80 Main Street, Bangor, transforming it from vacant to vibrant. Three creative practitioners, Marianne Kennerley (Multi-discipline designer), Katie Mitchell (Garden designer/illustrator/photographer) and Jo Hatty, (Scultptor/artist) were inspired by their residencies at Project 24 and joined forces to create a workspace of their own for freelance local creatives. 

Boom! Collective & Studios is set up as a social enterprise with five studio spaces and a gallery space, a materials co-op and a creative reference library. They aspire to be a base for the creative industries to meet and share experiences in the heart of Bangor and through repurposing this vacant building, to assist in regenerating the town centre.

Wee Residencies....

Over the 13th,14th, 15th of March, Boom! Collective & Studios are opening their doors and inviting applications for its first Wee Residencies.
Wee Residencies is a collection of sixteen creative residencies taking place in the newly established Boom! Studios. Along with a symbolic funding of £2.00, Wee Residencies will provide access to a Boom! space for a period of 2 hours at an allotted time over the weekend with the outcomes exhibited in the Boom Gallery.

For more information, including the Artists Brief please contact:

Facebook: Boom-Studios

Friday, 13 February 2015

QUB School of Planning Seminar Series 2015

The Queen's University School of Planning seminar series:

Economic Crisis, Policy Responses and the Resilience of Regions: Insights from Europe
Time: 1.00pm, 24th February 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Prof Gillian Bristow is Professor in Economic Geography in the School of Geography and Planning in Cardiff University. She has research interests in the areas of regional economic development; regional economic resilience; local and regional competitiveness; devolution finance; regional economic change and restructuring; and the evaluation and analysis of UK and EU public policy in relation to regional and rural development objectives. For more details about Gillian click here.

Waterfront regeneration in Australia: local responses to global trends in re-imagining disused city docklands
Time: 1.00pm, 26th March 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Prof Susan Oakely is an urban sociologist. Her current research is a study of redeveloping disused urban docklands which examines the relationship between urban planning, governance and urban renewal of brownfield sites. For more details about Susan click here.

How do businesses experience the planning process?
Time: 9.00am - 11.00am, 26th March 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

An interactive session including a mix of presentations and discussion on how business and the economy can benefit from the planning process. It will also explore the role of planning in economic development more generally, for example by encouraging business investment. Practical examples will be provided by guest speakers Richard Hunter, R Robinson & Sons, Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim District Council and Michael Worthington, Pragma Planning. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.

Property Development
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am, 23rd April
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

This session will examine the role of planning in the property development process Practical examples will be provided by guest speaker David W.S. Law; WJ Law & Co LLP. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.

Regional Development
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am, 30th April
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

This session will examine Regional development and European funding in Northern Ireland: Exploring the economic development opportunities from membership of the European Union. Practical examples will be provided by guest speaker Andrew Winter; European Support Unit, DETI. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.

Cultures of compliance: planning enforcement in areas of high immigration
Time: 3.00pm, Wednesday 6th May
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Dr Neil Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Statutory Planning whose research focuses on using conceptual frameworks to better understand the instruments and operation of the statutory planning system. For more details about Neil click here.

Liveability - challenges and opportunities for our urban lives

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 19th May 2015
Venue: SPACE School Boardroom, QUB, Belfast

Ciaran Cuffe is an architect and planner. He has worked on master-planning projects in Ireland and abroad. He held public office for twenty years as a councillor, TD, and most recently Minister of State with responsibility for planning and climate change. His interests lie in urbanism and low carbon opportunities in construction and mobility. For more details about Ciaran click here.

Spectrum Centre launch Furtive Arts: A Crowd Funding Initiative

The Spectrum Centre have launched a new crowd funding initiative: Furtive Arts.

Targeted at residential homes, supported housing, sheltered accommodation, and day centres, Furtive Arts aims to engage older people and people living with dementia to participate in a series of art-based workshops. These will be an arena for creativity, expression, learning, fun, reminiscence, and enjoyment. The practical outputs will be art work which will be installed for public benefit.

Positively highlighting the creativity of older people and changing perceptions about people who live with dementia, Furtive Arts will bring art to the heart of the community, brightening and enhancing public spaces.

For more details, please visit:

The campaign went live on Wednesday 28 January and runs until Thursday 5 March.

Monday, 9 February 2015

KidsSpace Victoria Square and CastleCourt 20-21 February & 21 March

In February and March, Belfast Healthy Cities will host KidsSpace at Victoria Square Belfast and CastleCourt Belfast. The free events are designed to give children freedom to shape their own uses of the space. Activities offered are intended to spark ideas and encourage children’s own creativity and will include

  • Active Space-  make your own smoothies on our smoothie bikes
  • Creative Space-  artists to engage children in creative activities, including junk art and traditional toys
  • Free Spacemaking your own fun with giant building blocks and super-sized games.

For further information visit or follow @belfasthealthy

KidsSpace is open to children of all ages and abilities who must be accompanied by an adult.  The event is supported by Public Health Agency, as part of the Family Friendly activities, co-ordinated by Belfast Health Development Unit.


Monday, 2 February 2015

ArcSoc Lecture: Professor Peter Salter - Thurs 5 February 2015, 5:30pm

ArcSoc present a talk by Professor Peter Salter (Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff) on the recent construction of 4 houses at Walmer Yard in London, a project that explores the relationship between compactness and quietness.

The talk takes place on Thursday 5 February at 5.30pm at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. Admission is free for ARCSOC members and £3 for non-members.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Belfast Healthy City Explorer Travel Bursary Launched

The 2015 Belfast Healthy City Explorer Bursary is now open for entries.

The Bursary was launched in 2013 in recognition of 25 years of Belfast as a designated WHO Healthy City. It will allow someone working in health and wellbeing or healthy urban planning in Belfast to visit another European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

There are almost 100 European Healthy Cities, including Udine, Italy; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Stavropol, Russian Federation. National networks include Croatia, Denmark, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Phase VI (2014-2018) is a unique time in the life of the networks, a new WHO European health policy and strategy, Health 2020 is being implemented with the city at its heart as the place for developing and delivering new ideas.

Suggested topics for study include early life; older people; health literacy; physical activity; nutrition and obesity; alcohol; tobacco; mental well-being; health and social services; public health capacity; healthy urban planning and design; transport; the health impacts of climate change and housing and regeneration.

Other proposals, which address the four priority themes for the Phase VI (2014-2018), will also be considered.

• life course and empowering people;
• tackling public health problems;
• strengthening people centred health systems and public health capacity;
• creating resilient communities and supportive environments.

Following the visit, the bursary holder will share their learning as widely as possible, for example, within their own organisation, across relevant networks and at the Belfast Healthy Cities Annual General Meeting. The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate the added value of a study visit to their own work and raise awareness of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network Phase VI priorities.

The bursary is open to applicants from the community, voluntary, public and business sectors. It will be offered each year within WHO Healthy Cities Phase VI (2014-2018).

All applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31 March 2015. Click here for an application Form.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing

A competition to find an inventive design for a 3D printable beehive

Calling all designers and environmentalists! With the kind support of the NGO Challenge Fund, PLACE is holding a competition to find fresh, innovative and exciting designs for 3D-printable beehives.

There are three entry categories - Primary, Secondary and Adult. You can compete as a group or individual.

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing aims to open up dialogue surrounding the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability. We aren’t seeking professional standard entries! We anticipate that most entries will need to be modified into a printable format after submission by a 3D designer. We would like to see imaginative, thoughtful designs that will render beekeeping exciting and interesting to people who don’t already know about it.

We accept entries in the form of 2D drawings/plans, scanned/emailed or by post, or 3D models. We request that entries are annotated in order to help our designer interpret your beehive as close to your vision as possible. By becoming involved with the competition, you will be able to see first hand the possibilities of the burgeoning technology of 3D printing, framed within the context of pollinators and their essential role in our environment.

For school groups this can be incorporated into an existing unit of work, be used as a springboard for discussion and investigation, or form the basis of work for an Environment or Technology Club.

We aim to exhibit as many entries as possible. The exhibition will take place in our public gallery space in Belfast city centre and we hope to show the 3D printing process to as many people as possible. This will be a unique opportunity for the uninitiated to drop in and see it in action!

What to submit?
We are looking for a 3D-printable beehive design; the size, colour and shape are up to you!

Designs can be submitted in the form of drawings, 3D models and 3D print files (e.g. STL). A submission form can be downloaded from and must be included with your entry. Entries can be emailed to or sent to PLACE at 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast BT1 1FP.

Closing date for entries:
29th February 2015 at 5pm for both emailed and posted entries.

Click here to download a submission form. All entrants must accept the Terms & Conditions for entry.

For queries related to this project please contact Mairead Kane - email or call PLACE on 02890 232524.