St Patrick’s Barracks
St Patrick’s Barracks is a strategically important brownfield site located close to the centre of Ballymena. The Barracks was closed by the Ministry of Defence in 2007, following which the UK Government gifted the site to the NI Executive for regeneration through the Department for Communities. The Department for Communities has obtained Outline Planning Permission for the mixed-use redevelopment of the site and a number of stakeholders are working in partnership to deliver this ambitious regeneration plan.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council are one of the stakeholders responsible for delivering a programme of capital projects at St Patrick's Barracks. The remainder of the site is being developed by other key strategic partners including Radius Housing who are currently seeking to construct 136 mixed tenure residential units, the Northern Regional College who are consolidating their Ballymena colleges into one campus at Farm Lodge and the PSNI who are seeking to develop a district command centre on the site.
A new link road is being constructed with the assistance of the Department for Infrastructure to serve the site. This link road will create important new connections to the site from the Larne Link Road through to the roundabout at the ECOS Centre. The transfer of land from Council to the Department of Communities to accommodate the construction of the new link road has now completed.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have agreed to purchase approximately 10 acres of land from the Department for Communities which is required to accommodate the delivery of a new leisure centre, civic space, i4C innovation centre and office accommodation. Prior to agreeing the land transfers Council have undertaken a number of investigative studies as part of our Due Diligence process which has now concluded.