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Urban Design - Historic Environments

Urban Design - Historic Environments

Friday, 26 February 2016 at 9:30AM - 1:00PM
Queen's Sport, Upper Malone Road, Belfast BT9 5NB, UK
£25.00 (RTPI Member) £30.00 (Non-member)
RTPI Northern Ireland

The Edwardian fever hospital at Belvoir Park was the cutting edge of hospital design when it opened in 1906.  When it closed 100 years later it had had a number of owners and purposes.


The next phase of its development is underway and this session looks at the practice of place making in an historic environment with the lead master planners and designers of the scheme.


David Sutherland, Director of Sutherland Architects and Urban Dynamics

David is an architect and master planner specialising in housing.  He has over 20 years experience and has been involved in a number of high profile master plans including West Lisburn, Mayfield Village, the Baronscourt and Mealough lands in Carryduff and the H2 zone in Derry.

At Belvoir Park, Urban Dynamics led the revision to the master plan retaining its key elements but changing the focus from apartments to houses, while Sutherland Architects has designed the conversions of the historic pavilions to town houses.


John Smylie, Director of Place Lab and John Simpson Architects

John is Northern Ireland Advisor to the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, a founder and Board member of INTBAU Ireland (International Network for Traditional Building Architecture and Urbanism) and Director of the Belfast Buildings Trust.

John has received design awards including an international Charter Award (Congress for the New Urbanism), RTPI Award for Best Regeneration Project in the UK and RICS Award for Best Regeneration Project in Northern Ireland.  He has recently been coordinating the prestigious £300m Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC), Loughborough.

At Belvoir John’s role has been to devise a design language that allows the historic hospital buildings to “speak” to the new build development.