On 24 August, representatives from ICE Northern Ireland met with project partners to unveil a ‘This is Civil Engineering’ banner at the site of the future Whiterock Community Corridor in West Belfast. The project will provide facilities that benefit the local community including a public amenities area, MUGA pitch, playground and improved accessibility from Whiterock Road to Falls Park.
Due to be completed this October, the project is intended to increase community activity and participation by developing a previously unusable area. The landscaped, open space will feature gardens, seating, footpaths and lighting. In addition, the new playground has the potential to benefit up to 2,000 local children.
“The project is important for the regeneration of the area,” said Donaghmore Construction Contracts Manager Niall Smith. “The reduction of the fencing spec gives the perception of normality, rather than the high-security fencing which was previously present.”
ICE Regional Director Richard Kirk said that the Corridor is a shining example of how infrastructure can improve quality of life for both individuals and communities.
“The transformation of a derelict lot to an area that conveys a sense of welcoming and safety is civil engineering at its finest,” Richard said. “This is what the campaign is all about – showing how our profession benefits society.”