Minister reveals new name for Radius development on former Visteon site
Press release - 14th July 2020
Gate, the new name for Radius Housing’s 244 house development, has been officially
unveiled today by the Minister for Communities, Carál Ní Chuilín. Construction of the homes on the
site of the former Visteon factory is underway, and the new name marks a
significant milestone for the project.
just off Blacks Road, the Blacks Gate name reflects the local area and the
location of the housing development, at a key gateway point to the city of
Belfast. The name emerged from an education outreach project undertaken by
pupils at Malone College, who, working with Radius, developed naming
suggestions, brand identity and plans for open space and community facilities.
The project led to a number of suggested names, which were submitted to Belfast
City Council, and Blacks Gate was chosen.
Gate is one of the largest mixed tenure housing developments to be constructed
in Northern Ireland. The £30 million development will see the construction of
244 private and social homes, alongside community and workspace facilities, all
set within extensive newly landscaped and open space on the former factory
site. The regeneration of the site which has over 100 operatives working on it
daily is making an overall contribution to the economy of some £86 million.
Housing is one of the leading housing developers in Northern Ireland,
constructing 400 new homes each year, and managing more than 13,000 social
homes. Last year Radius secured a £105m investment from investors in the USA
and UK to help support their ambitious ongoing development plans.
the new name, Minister for Communities, Carál Ní Chuilín, said “Increasing housing supply is
a key priority for my Department and I am delighted to be part of the naming
event for this significant development. The provision of 196 new social family
homes, 48 affordable homes for sale as well as the associated community and
workspace facilities is a marvellous outcome for a site that has lain unused
for some time. This is an area of high housing need and these new homes will
make a huge difference to the daily lives of many.
“I am pleased to hear that Radius has involved local school children in
identifying a suitable name for the new development. Radius is also to be
congratulated for recognising the potential for this site despite its
challenges. I look forward to seeing the first of the new tenants making this
site their home later in the year.”
at the launch, Radius Housing Chair Diana Fitzsimons, said “We are delighted to
launch the new name for this ambitious development today. Blacks Gate is an
important project for the local area, as it provides new social and affordable
housing, as well as community facilities for the wider area. We are grateful to
the pupils of Malone College, whose work has helped ensure the new name
reflects the local area.
Gate is also an important project for Radius as a housing developer. This has
been a challenging project, but we have had a clear vision and determination to
see new, high quality homes developed on this site. Construction projects like
this one are hugely important to the local economy, by creating jobs and
apprenticeship opportunities, and our corporate plan will see Radius do even
more to support the construction sector in the coming years.”
former factory was demolished in 2014/15, with the contractor Kevin Watson
Group beginning clearance and remedial work on site in March 2018. Construction
of the new homes commenced in June 2019 and Radius plan to complete
construction by the end of 2021, while the first completed homes are expected
to be ready for handover in the Autumn of this year.
£30 million scheme has been supported by £14.3 million HAG funding from the
Department for Communities and over £16million private finance investment by