Carryduff Shopping Centre is located approximately 8 miles south of Belfast City Centre at the junction of the A24 Ballynahinch Road and Church Road in the town of Carryduff. Carryduff has seen high levels of residential development making it a popular commuter town for Belfast.
The proposal includes the demolition of part of the existing retail shopping centre with ground floor commercial units that was built c1985, with the exception of the existing Supervalue Unit (UNIT 1) which is to be retained and reclad. The existing shopping centre currently lies vacant. It is also proposed to retain two of the retail units which face the car park as shown in the diagram below.
The proposal also includes the erection of a 4 storey mixed use building (Block A) providing retail floor space at ground level and residential apartments on the floors above.
The existing access off Church road is retained. The layout originates from the desire to create feature elements that make the scheme more attractive. The new corner elements are designed to frame the scheme and will be easily seen from the immediate roads.
The sensitive use of appropriate colour, texture and pattern of materials, whether traditional or contemporary, is important. Their use and detailing is crucial in making a development stand out or blend in. The decision to use a mixed pallet of metal, render and glass was chosen to break up the massing of the building and be reflective of the variation of materials seen through the Carryduff town centre.
This will result in a total of 3795m² retail and 21 apartments. The design proposals contribute to and enhance the place making better spaces for the user and public.
The character of the area has and continues to change in terms of building form. It is appropriate to consider and respond to the existing context of surrounding buildings, both existing and approved. There is some variety of building scale along the town centre ranging from 1-3 storeys and whilst the immediate neighbouring buildings are of smaller scale, we believe a proposal for 4 storeys on the subject site is entirely in keeping with the previous approvals
The regeneration and redevelopment of the application site will attract inward investment and activity. It will revitalise a tired, substandard retail centre, introducing a quality new large anchor retailer. Various smaller retailers will follow encouraging local residents to shop locally. This project improves the quality of public space on offer within Carryduff at the focal point of this important intersection within the town centre.
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