The Bullring land is located along the western side of the Westlink between Peters Hill and Regent Street. The land is within the Lower Shankill and Brown Square Building Successful Communities (BSC) area (one of six pilot BSC areas). The Department for Communities (DfC) appointed Turley to prepare the Lower Shankill and Brown Square Action Plan as part of the BSC programme. The Action Plan identified a number of catalyst projects, including the proposed Bullring environmental improvement project.
An environmental improvement scheme was previously designed by URS on behalf of the Department for Social Development’s Belfast Regeneration Office. The BSC Action Plan recommended a procurement exercise to appoint a landscape architect to prepare detailed designs and costings for the proposed Bullring scheme.
The Department for Communities appointed Aecom to design environmental improvement works including new footpaths and a cycleway, tree planting, lighting, street furniture, playground, MUGA, outdoor gym equipment, relocated community garden and event spaces.