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Girdwood Community Hub

Developing Girdwood Community Hub

The Girdwood Community Hub site in north Belfast has been transformed in to a state of the art shared space, offering first-class leisure, community and education facilities.  The site is being developed as part of our physical investment programme and also ties in with plans to transform our leisure services.

The overall development is taking place over two phases. Phase one had a total value of £20 million with funding provided by EU’s Peace III Programme, Department for Communities and APEX Housing.

We worked in partnership with Girdwood Community Hub Forum, the Department for Communities, Belfast Metropolitan College and Better Leisure on phase one of this project which incorporated the construction of the Girdwood Community Hub building and a multi-purpose sports pitch for soccer, Gaelic and rugby. 

As part of phase one, 60 new social housing units, provided by Apex Housing Association, were also built at Kinnaird Street.

Girdwood Community Hub is operated by Better Leisure, who operate all of our leisure facilities. If you want to find out about the facilities, book classes, use the meeting rooms, book the community hall, or simply enquire about visiting or using the Hub, visit the Better Leisure

Photo gallery

The Flickr gallery below shows how the hub looks.

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Girdwood Hub


The video below looks at what the young people within the community think of the new Hub.


Girdwood Community 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.

Facilities include:
  • state of the art gym equipment
  • spa
  • 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
  • outdoor piazza with seating, as well as a range of other facilities
  • multi-purpose sports pitch for soccer, Gaelic and rugby.

Disability access

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Belfast Metropolitan College run education and training programmes from the hub, including:

  • Essential skills - literacy, numeracy and ICT - FREE
  • Family learning
  • Childcare
  • 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

Phase two plans 

The phase one development is the first step in the wider regeneration of Girdwood Park, a 14 acre site located between Crumlin Road and Cliftonpark Avenue.

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.

They include:

  • 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. 

Recognition for Girdwood Community Hub

  • Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Norther Ireland Project of the Year 2017
  • Community Benefit Project of the year 2015, Property Excellence Ireland Awards.

European Regional Development Fund

Contact us
Girdwood Community Hub
028 9521 7870
Girdwood Community Hub
10 Girdwood Avenue
BT14 6EG