Demolition gets underway in Tiger's Bay
Published: Mon, 30 Apr 2012
Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, today announced plans to invest £1.1 million for the redevelopment of housing in the Tiger’s Bay area of North Belfast.
The redevelopment will see seven properties on the Limestone Road and three properties on the Halliday’s Road demolished for replacement with new build. Minister McCausland said: “This is an important day for the people of the Tiger’s Bay area. Demolition work has now begun to help rejuvenate the area by re-developing buildings that are in a dilapidated condition and a blight on the local community.”
“However this is just the start of our plans for this community. Replacing blight and dereliction with good quality housing is an important first step in supporting and sustaining communities who may have previously felt left behind or marginalised. That is why these 10 new homes are just the start, not the end of our work here. During next year, we will bring forward a further 16 new homes in Tiger's Bay, reinforcing my support for this community.”
Apex Housing Association has been formally appointed to take forward this development in one of the most deprived areas of Belfast.
Gerry Kelly, Chief Executive of Apex attended the launch with Minister McCausland and said: “Apex Housing Association is always keen to see derelict housing replaced by new modern energy efficient housing. This is particularly significant at the Limestone Road and Halliday’s Road site where our redevelopment proposals will transform this gateway into Tiger's Bay, sending out the message that is a vibrant community with an exciting future ahead of it.”
The demolition and redevelopment work involves the demolition of the seven properties at 172 to 184 Limestone Road and the four properties at 150 to 154 Halliday’s Road for replacement with 10 new build (comprising 6 x 5 persons/3 bedroom houses and 4 x 3persons/3 bedroom houses).
This part of the redevelopment of Tiger’s Bay will cost £1.1million and will bring life back into this community which had been blighted in recent years by vandalism and the existence of derelict properties. The estimated completion date is January/February 2013.
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