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Maze Long Kesh

Colliers International has won one of the largest UK regeneration site consulting instructions of 2011 – the Maze/Long Kesh (MLK) Delivery and Implementation Framework for the site of the former Maze prison near Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The Colliers team is due to start work shortly on this 347-acre site, which is owned in its entirety by the Office for the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM).  The site was a major base for the RAF and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) in World War II, with its subsequent history including use as a motor racing circuit.  Colliers will be working alongside Turley Associates, who have been appointed to simultaneously take forward the development of the new Spatial Framework.

The task over the next six months is to provide advice to the interim unit established by OFMDFM to oversee the regeneration of the Maze/Long Kesh site prior to the new Maze/Long Kesh Development Corporation being fully established on the development content of the new site Spatial Framework and the associated delivery and funding strategy. This new appointment follows a strategic review undertaken by Colliers in 2010 on real estate markets and potential successful destination creation concepts for the Maze/Long Kesh site.

Richard Grass, Head of Public Sector at Colliers International said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to consult on the Maze/Long Kesh Delivery and Implementation Framework, working on one of the largest opportunity sites close to a major UK city. Our success in winning this contract is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of multiple teams across Colliers.”

Ian Duddy, Director of Colliers International’s Belfast office also commented: “This is yet another significant development opportunity within Northern Ireland that we have been appointed to advise on, and we are looking forward to getting started.”