Victoria Square

Victoria Square Victoria Square bases itself on an open street model more prevalent in mainland European cities: it is an urban grain streetscape, not a mall. Every facet of the footprint connects with the city, establishing new relationships between previously disjointed areas of the public realm. The architecture successfully integrates itself with the surrounding streets using a variety of materials to complement the proportion and massing of the building elements which acknowledge the scale of existing city plot sizes. An … Read full story

Student Project Neil McIntosh Edinburgh College of Art

Neil McIntosh, Edinburgh College of Art – Final Year Project Portrush Redevelopment of the western peninsula of Portrush, with a new aquarium, hotel, train station and marina. The new aquarium will provide a major attraction with emphasis on providing wet weather entertainment. A fresh water lake around the aquarium will provide an important habitat for local wildlife with informal recreation taking place in the aquarium park. A new promenade lined with retail will provide a new link to the aquarium … Read full story

Lower Chichester Street

Lower Chichester Street in Belfast City Centre runs in front of the Royal Courts of Justice and alongside the recently constructed Laganside Magistrates Court and the Bar Library. The street was closed to traffic as a security measure in the 1980’s, but remained open to pedestrian access and court traffic. Lower Chichester Street forms part of the main access from the City Hall to the Waterfront Hall and River Lagan and is therefore a key linkage in downtown Belfast. However, … Read full story

Newcastle Promenade

Scott Wilson was commissioned to prepare a scheme to help reinstate Newcastle as Northern Ireland’s premier seaside resort. Newcastle now has a modern, exciting and cohesive appearance whilst reflecting the natural heritage of the area. The design, which includes new lighting and seating, mirrors the natural surroundings of the mountains and waves, allowing direct access on to the beach from the main street. A wave wall, helping to protect the town from the effects of high tides and storms, has … Read full story

Omagh Town Centre

Scott Wilson was commissioned to regenerate Omagh Town Centre streetscape, including traffic management and pedestrian priority areas with a new lighting vision to create a dynamic, attractive venue at night. The plan culminates in a major civic space outside the Court House. The design creates a contemporary European flavour to the town, whilst recognising and enhancing the historic character of the townscape. Public art has been incorporated within the design concept which is also respectful of local issues in the … Read full story

Giant’s Causeway Centre

Landscape Architecture: A Fluid Boundary The visitors’ centre at the Giant’s Causeway is experienced as an event along the route to the Causeway and the coastline. It is an intervention into this landscape, carefully sculpted to facilitate movement whilst acknowledging the continuity of the landscape. The Giant’s Causeway is a remarkable formation along a remarkable coastline, the Causeway coast. The site strategy connects the coastal walk with the passage integrating the major movement routes into one point and heightening the … Read full story

Bangor Walled Garden

The Walled Garden in Castle Park Bangor dates from around 1840 and was built to serve the needs of the Ward Estate. Since its acquisition by the Council in the 1950’s, the garden has been closed to the public. The garden is being reconstructed in a Victorian style. It is divided into quarters with the themes of kitchen garden, herb and topiary garden, flower garden / parterre and swamp garden. An 80m long herbaceous border bisects the garden and has … Read full story

Connswater Community Greenway

Connswater Community Greenway The Connswater River and its tributaries flow through East Belfast, connecting the Castlereagh Hills with Belfast Lough. However, this forgotten and polluted watercourse largely passes unnoticed, contributing little to the lives of people who live there.The Paul Hogarth Company was commissioned by East Belfast Partnership to design a community greenway along the length of the river, providing an extensive pathway network and space for wildlife and recreation. What began life as a pencil drawn doodle grew into … Read full story

44th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Landscape Institute Northern Ireland

1 WEEK REMINDER: Invitation to all LINI members 44th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the Landscape Institute Northern Ireland and AWARD CEREMONY for PRESENTATION of the LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE GOLD MEDAL to ROBERT CARSON We are delighted to invite all LINI members to a Special Awards Ceremony for presentation, of the Landscape Institute Gold Medal to Robert Carson, Landscape Architect, by Noel Farrer, incoming President of the Landscape Institute.  See http://www.landscapethejournal.org/Gold-medals for further information on his Award. The Awards Ceremony will be … Read full story

Pete Mullin appointed LI’s Northern Ireland Policy Officer

Pete Mullin CMLI, practice principal at the Belfast office of Mullin Design Associates, has been appointed Northern Ireland Policy Officer for the Landscape Institute. An LI policy representative for several years, Mullin says his new role will enable him to prioritise his LI commitments. ‘The next couple of years are going to be very important and difficult for our sector – we need to work very hard to raise the profile of Landscape Architecture in Northern Ireland at all levels … Read full story