Client: Portview Trade Centre


Portview Trade Centre is located to the East of Belfast on the Newtownards Road, just a 10-minute drive from Belfast City Centre. Originally a spinning mill built in the early 1900s, it was ahead of its time in both its employment of women and the inclusion of both traditional creative and innovative technologies. Once a key feature of a vibrant thriving community, this geographical area is now one of the most deprived in Northern Ireland, with high rates of poverty and only 8% of people aged 16 and over continuing onto further education.

Fields of Practice

Mental Health


Policy Scoping
Market Analysis
Stakeholder Consultation
Public Engagement
Strategic Vision
Design Strategy
Project Management



Through the adoption of a social tenancy and addition of a project-based learning education hub to the site, the ambition is to become a leading example of how heritage spaces can become carbon-neutral sites and embed social value. Our long-term ambition within the project is to develop the spaces on the site. By fully occupying the buildings on-site with projects involving specific social objectives and innovative development with education and training outputs we hope to build a culture of investment into the local community, and into Belfast as a whole through education and industry development.

The initial work and forward thinking plans has recently been recognised with a large Heritage Lottery Grant to further develop the plans and ambitions for the site.

heritage fun

Explore more work

Want to see more? Take a look at the way we’re responding to changes in the way we live, work and play.

We always work in collaboration.
Follow our work and become a friend.
Privacy Policy & GDPR

Portview Trade Centre
310 Newtownards Rd, Belfast BT4 1HE

Designed and developed by USI