Crumlin Road Gaol Belfast
The Department for Infrastructure is seeking expressions of interest from all parties interested in regenerating / occupying single, multiple, or the entirety of the vacant Cottage’s at Crumlin Road Gaol on a leasehold basis. Further details can be found at: Expression of Interest - Crumlin Road Gaol Cottages
Crumlin Road Gaol (before)
Since 2003 Government has invested over £17million to repair, remediate, restore, and re-establish the historic Crumlin Road Gaol as a significant public and tourism site for Belfast. The aim is for the Gaol to be a driver to encourage economic, cultural and community benefits in North Belfast and beyond.
Regenerating Crumlin Road Gaol
Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre
Today the Gaol is a multi-use venue hosting conferences, concerts, exhibitions, events and daily tours and employs over 70 staff. The site is also used as a film set and for hosting competitions and civic events.
The Gaol Visitor Attraction and Conference Centre was awarded the prestigious ***** visitor attraction rating in January 2017 as an attraction operating to an "outstanding" standard. Their historic education programme "A Day in the life of a Victorian Child Prisoner" received the Sandford Award for excellence in provision of heritage education.
A Wing development
Belfast Distillery Company Ltd. anticipate recommencing work in 2020 to create a Boutique Distillery and Whiskey Visitor Attraction in A Wing of the Gaol. This attraction will present the history of the once famous “McConnell” Belfast-based whiskey brand and the whiskey-making process. The company is working to be open to the public by 2021 and anticipates attracting over 100,000 visitors a year.
Crumlin Road Gaol development opportunities
DfI plans to build on this success by marketing the opportunity to develop other vacant premises on the Gaol site commencing with the Warden’s Cottages in 2020.
The Department will be seeking development proposals for the cottages to further enhance the site and contribute to employment and economic benefits as well as encouraging the development of better connections with the city centre and physical improvement in this area of north Belfast.
St Lucia Site Omagh
St Lucia is a former military base in Omagh gifted to the Executive under the Hillsborough Agreement 2010. The walled Historic Core (consisting of a Parade Ground and administration and service buildings) currently remains in the ownership of the Ministry of Defence. Work is on-going to identify the best approach for bringing St. Lucia back into active use.
If you have any queries on either Crumlin Road Gaol or the St Lucia site please contact the Crumlin Road Gaol and St Lucia Team.