THE University of Ulster has unveiled its vision for the future of the Jordanstown campus ahead of its move to a new Belfast site.
The £50million masterplan will see the university retain and invest in its sports facilities in Jordanstown along with the student halls of residence and the specialist fire safety and research facility.
However, the main campus building and car parks will be replaced with a residential development of mixed housing styles of between 400 and 700 homes and a new village centre with retail, commercial and community units.
The masterplan envisages the new housing will create an “exciting and vibrant” place to live.
University Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett said: “The University has been part of the Jordanstown landscape for 40 years and will continue to be an important part of the landscape in years to come.”
The university is due to move the bulk of its activity from Jordanstown to a new £250m Belfast City campus in 2018.
Following the move the university is planning to extensively redevelop the Jordanstown site over a period of between 10 and 15 years.
During that period hundreds of the new homes will be built, most likely in phases depending on building costs and the housing market.
As well as improved access to the residential area there will also be a new village centre created with new facilities for the entire community to use.
The university will also spend over £6m on its existing world class sports facilities at Jordanstown which have already catered for the Ulster rugby team, world-renowned golfers such as Michael Hoey, Gareth Maybin and Rory McIlroy and Paralympic champion Michael McKillop.
The new development will see the current sport pitches moved and new training and research facilities included.
Professor Barnett said: “The university’s presence in Jordanstown will be scaled back as a result of our new Belfast City campus, but our commitment to this area will not in any way be diminished.”
Building work is a long way off as the plans are still in the early stages and will be subject to a full public consultation process before applications for planning approval are submitted.
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