Julie Ann Spence reports
The plans which have been revealed for new
major housing, jobs and leisure project at the former Hilden
THIS is the first look at how one of Lisburn's most famous
landmarks, Hilden Mill, will be transformed in a £100m
regeneration. Well known London developers, Galliard Homes,
submitted their plans for the transformation of the former
Barbour Threads site in Lisburn this week.
The proposals will see the restoration of the listed
buildings and the opening up of the River Lagan for wider public
use with much improved amenities.
proposals include plans for 605 residential units, 15,000 sq ft.
of light industry, 17,000 sq ft of own door offices, a museum
expected to be focused on the history of the linen industry, a
riverside bar/restaurant, a gym, crèche, café and tourist
related retail uses, restoration/replacement of canal and river
bridges and community meeting rooms. It is expected the
development will provide upwards of 150 new jobs.
Commenting on the proposals Michael Watson of Galliard Homes,
said: "Galliard Homes are delighted to be involved in bringing
such a ground breaking regeneration scheme to Lisburn. Since we
took ownership of the old Hilden Mill complex we identified that
there was incredible potential in the scheme that could be
realised for the Greater Lisburn
Dawson Steifox, senior architect with Consarc Conservation, part
of the Consarc Design Group, added:
"The regeneration of the Barbour Thread factory combines
authentic restoration of the listed mill buildings with
contemporary architecture to create a new urban mixed use
village at Hilden in the process cleaning up a brown field
site, opening up public access to the Lagan and providing
both homes and jobs."
The Mayor, Councillor James Tinsley, endorsed the scheme
saying "The Council welcomes the opportunity to work with the
developer on this important regeneration scheme that will
provide environmental, social, community related and economic
benefits to the Lisburn City area."
THE plan includes:
• 605 residential units - a mix of apartments
• 15,000 sq ft. of light industry
• 7,000 sq ft of own door offices
• a museum expected to be focused on the history of the
• a riverside bar/restaurant
• a gym, crèche, café and tourist related retail uses
• restoration/replacement of canal and river bridges
• community meeting rooms