Girdwood Community Hub is now open
The Girdwood site in north Belfast has been transformed in to a state of the art shared space hub which offers first-class leisure, community and education facilities.
We are working with the Department for Communities, Belfast Metropolitan College and Better Leisure on this project which has a total value of £20 million and is funded via the EU’s PEACE III Programme and managed by Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The Hub, the leisure facilities, and the pitch will be operated by Better Leisure, who now operate all our leisure facilities. If you want to find out about the facilities, book classes, use the meeting rooms or book the community hall, or simply to enquire about visiting or using the Hub, contact Better Leisure.
What's inside the hub?
Girdwood Hub is a place where you can access useful services and modern facilities in a shared, safe and vibrant environment. It's available for community, leisure or educational activities and initiatives.
There are classrooms in the hub for Belfast Metropolitan College to run their education and training programmes. These programmes are currently delivered from a range of venues across north Belfast.
- state of the art gym equipment
- sports hall and changing facilities for a wide range of group exercises, including a range of cardio, strength, conditioning and relaxation classes
- multi-purpose rooms for a variety of events and activities
- community space for after-schools, crafts and other activities
- birthday party room hire
- classrooms for courses with Belfast Metropolitan College
- a dedicated youth space
- an outdoor piazza with seating, as well as a range of other facilities
- Essential skills - literacy, numeracy and ICT - FREE
- Family learning
- Beginners and Improvers computer courses - FREE
- Prince’s Trust Team programme - a 12 week programme for young people between the ages of 16 and 24
For more information on available courses at Girdwood Community Hub email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Benefit Project of the year
This development has been awarded the coveted prize of Community Benefit Project of the year at the Property Excellence Ireland Awards. It shared this prize jointly with Cosgrave Developments for their work at Honeypark in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin.
The Judges from the Property Excellence Awards Ireland team awards assessed Girdwood Community Hub’s benefit to the community based on a range of criteria however the close links between the development team and the Girdwood Community Forum and the positive development of contested space were key to its success.
This category is the only category that was voted on by members of the public and 70% of the vote was dictated by the public vote, 30% by the judging panel. This category is central to the Corporate Social Responsibility aspect of the programme and was the most highly contested category of the entire awards ceremony.
Developing the hub
The development is the first step in the wider regeneration of Girdwood Park, a 14 acre site located between Crumlin Road and Cliftonpark Avenue.
The hub is part of our physical investment programme and also ties in with plans to transform our leisure services over the next decade.
The Hub’s development was delivered in partnership with the Girdwood Hub Forum. It is made up of over 20 groups from the surrounding area, representatives from the council, Belfast MET, the Department for Communities and other key stakeholders.
We have worked together to develop plans for the hub and other regeneration proposals for the wider site.
Their involvement will make the hub a safe and welcoming place for everyone and we hope that, once open, both it and other facilities will be used by nearby community groups, as well as other organisations in north Belfast, including statutory bodies and charities.
The Flickr gallery below shows how the hub looks.
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The video below looks at what the young people within the community think of the new Hub.
What else is planned for Girdwood Park?
The Department for Communities is developing the roads, paths, landscaping and other services needed to access Girdwood Park.
Several other developments are also planned to regenerate other parts of the site. These are led by the Department for Communities , who currently own the land, and are set out in the revised Crumlin Road Gaol and Girdwood Barracks Draft Masterplan, available from the Department for Communities website.
- a multi-sports pitch for football, rugby and Gaelic games
- indoor sports facility
- mixed use space for business units.
These proposals are at various stages of development but, along with the hub, they will offer more social, economic and leisure opportunities for those living nearby and be a catalyst for wider development in north Belfast. Call 028 9027 7650 if you’d like more information about these projects.
Apex Housing Association are also providing 60 new social housing units at Kinnaird Street, and land has also been set aside for housing units at the Cliftonpark Avenue end of the site. Call 028 7130 4800 for more information about housing.
If you have a question about the Girdwood Community Hub, phone us on 028 9091 8775.
This project is supported by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme and managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.
Find out more about the work of the Special EU Programmes Body.