Design Competition for Northern Irish Town Launched

18 November 2010 (Last Updated November 18th, 2010 18:30)

An international design competition has been launched to redevelop the former site of the Andersonstown PSNI station in West Belfast, Northern Ireland. The international design competition is being conducted on behalf of the UK Department for Social Development by the Royal Institute o

An international design competition has been launched to redevelop the former site of the Andersonstown PSNI station in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The international design competition is being conducted on behalf of the UK Department for Social Development by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The architect behind the reconstruction of New York's World Trade Centre, Daniel Libeskind, will judge the competition.

The department will also work in partnership with the West Belfast Partnership Board and PLACE, the Centre for Architecture and the Built Environment for the competition.

The department has invited expressions of interest from architect-led design teams, which will be shortlisted to five teams next year.

The shortlisted architects will then design detailed proposals over a five-month period and the leading proposal will be selected in 2011.

The closure of Andersonstown PSNI station was endorsed by the policing board in December 2004 and the building was demolished soon after.