Blacks Gate Regeneration Project

Radius Housing

Client: Radius Housing

Completion: 2018 to present

Value: £23m

Project Summary

McAdam are working with Radius Housing to transform the former 21.5-acre Visteon car manufacturing site into an exemplar urban village of 244 high-quality sustainable homes. This site is one of the largest and most geographically prominent brownfields in the greater Belfast area and had been vacant since 2013. McAdam provides a full Project Management Consultancy Service including Contract Administration & Specialist Procurement Advice.

The range of house types will include 2 and 3 bedroom family dwellings, designed to meet the needs of specific residents plus a small number of apartments interspersed throughout the development. Private/affordable family housing will promote a mixed tenure, balanced community. This housing will help stimulate the housing market with affordable properties available to first time buyers through shared equity/co-ownership schemes and outright purchase. An approximate 80/20 split between social and private/affordable housing will be achieved on site, with density in keeping with the character and context of surrounding housing areas.

The dwellings have been designed to the highest Sustainable Standards which includes BRE Code for Sustainable Homes; the latest Life-Times Homes Standards and PSNI Secured by Design Standards. The resultant schemes provide an adaptable, safe, and secure living environment.


The Blacks Gate project is an exemplar model on how Social Housing schemes can be the catalyst for progressive urban regeneration. In this context McAdam are committed to delivering:

  • High quality, affordable housing to those in need within the local community
  • Addressing the lack of available social housing in West Belfast
  • Safe and stable environments within which families may raise their children
  • Effective partnerships with local communities to provide flexible community space
  • Low Carbon Timber Frame Construction (Modern Methods of Construction)
  • Local trainee opportunities via Buy Social initiative
  • New socially sustainable communities through high quality housing layouts, which include public open green space areas and secure private gardens
  • Environmentally sustainable homes which result in lower running costs

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