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McCausland announces consultation event for Crumlin Road Courthouse

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced that a public consultation event is to be held at Crumlin Road Gaol to consider a range of options that could rejuvenate the historic courthouse building.
Friday, 15 November 2013

As part of the Crumlin Road Courthouse Development Study, consultants have sought the views of a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives of the local community. They have also carried out a comprehensive condition report on the building and conducted considerable research into potential end uses. The event will take place on Thursday 21 November.

Minister McCausland said: “Crumlin Road Courthouse is one of Belfast’s most well known landmarks and the work which has been completed so far on a Development Study will now focus attention on the building’s development potential. Although the building is in private ownership, there is no doubt that local people and the public in general want to see this great building restored and be brought back into some meaningful use which can act as a catalyst in the regeneration of north Belfast“It is important that the public, who must share in any social, economic and environmental dividends arising from the regeneration of the Courthouse, are able to have a say in how it is developed and the consultation event is an opportunity for them to do exactly that.”

Notes to editors:

  1. The Development Study has been jointly commissioned by the Department for Social Development (DSD), the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) and the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).
  2. The Crumlin Road Courthouse is a Grade B+ Listed building.
  3. Turley Associates has been appointed from a consultancy framework to produce the Development Study for the Crumlin Road Courthouse, Belfast. Anticipated costs are £37,837. Turley Associates carried out consultations and collated all the relevant information required for the Crumlin Road Courthouse Development Study.
  4. Public consultation will take place in the Lower Circle conference facility in Crumlin Road Gaol from 1.30pm to 8.00pm. MLA’s, local councillors, selected community representatives and the media will have an opportunity to view the potential development options prior to the 1.30pm opening.
  5. Following the consultation, a final report will be produced which will include an economic appraisal highlighting development routes and identify a preferred development option.
  6. Media enquiries to DSD Communications Team on 028 9082 9233. Out of office please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.