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image of proposed buildings at St Patricks Barrack Re-development site in Ballymena

St. Patrick’s Barracks Re-development

Department for Communities
Public Body
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
North Antrim

Shaping a new shared place for Ballymena

The creation and protection of quality housing are central to the Executive’s ambitions for a healthy, sustainable and more cohesive Northern Ireland. One of the flagship projects in housing development in the coming years is the re-development of the former St. Patrick’s Barracks in Ballymena.

This project, estimated at approximately £150m, will deliver a modern, mixed-use housing-led development on this 14.8-hectare site.

  • Approximately 140 new homes 
  • Large scale road infrastructure improvements for the area
  • Significant ‘active travel’ infrastructure such as walkways and cycle paths 
  • A new leisure centre to replace the existing Seven Towers centre
  • A new police station to improve facilities and capacity in the area
  • A new civic building and town square 
  • A new Northern Regional College campus adjoining and integrated into the site

The Department for Communities is leading this regeneration project, in collaboration with public and private sector stakeholders. Work has already commenced on clearing the area ready for development work to begin.

Artist’s impression of the re-developed St Patrick’s Barracks site.

Radius Housing has been appointed to deliver the housing scheme and, with planning permission already granted, hope to start construction in Spring 2022.

The re-development of the former St. Patrick’s Barracks will create a new shared community space for Ballymena and the surrounding countryside. By providing mixed tenure housing it will address critical housing stress in the area and improve the lives of hundreds of families over the coming decades.

It will benefit the wider community by improving the road infrastructure, access to active travel ways, linkages to new leisure and education facilities and access to surrounding parklands.