2018 International Healthy Cities Conference

Site Visits Wednesday 3 October 2018

Site visits have been arranged under the themes of People, Place, Participation, and Prosperity, Planet, Peace.


All site visits will start at 10.30am on Wednesday 3 October 2018 from the Waterfront Hall. It is estimated the tours will return to Belfast City Centre by approximately 12.45pm. Delegates will receive lunch as part of their chosen site visit.

Below is a list of site visits on offer, with a brief description of each visit. Booking can be done via registration form. Please note places on the site visits are limited.

Place: the social, physical and cultural environments that align to create a place that is actively inclusive, and that facilitates the pursuit of health and well-being for all.

This theme includes the physical and natural environment, the social environment, equity, trust and ownership, ethics, inclusivity, commerce, transport, and co-design and co-benefits.  

4. Title: Shaping the Future Development of Belfast, a Local Development Plan

Host: Belfast City Council

Places available: 30

The Local Development Plan (LDP) for Belfast will support economic and social outcomes for the city, while providing the delivery of sustainable development.


The development of Belfast’s Inner North West area masterplan provides opportunities for regeneration and addressing social and economic issues.


Following the presentation participants will take a walking tour through the Inner North West area.


This site visit will include a tour of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, once the literary heart of the city, now a vibrant area for bars, restaurants, culture, arts, and music. The narrow cobbled streets are a joy to wander around and explore.

5. Title: Connswater Community Greenway

Host: Eastside Visitors Centre

Places available: 40

Connswater Community Greenway is a £40 million investment in East Belfast. The project has been developed by the EastSide Partnership and delivered by Belfast City Council. 

Connswater Community Greenway has created a 9km linear park through east Belfast, connecting the open and green spaces. The Greenway has created a vibrant, attractive, safe and accessible parkland for leisure, recreation, community events and activities.

UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health NI led a multidisciplinary team in Queen’s University Belfast to win a prestigious Medical Research Council award to evaluate Connswater Community Greenway (CCG) and its impacts on physical activity and the health of the local population in East Belfast.

Linking with local community development organisation East Belfast Community Development Agency (EBCDA) participants will have the opportunity to walk or cycle a 5km section of Connswater Community Greenway and learn about the impact the project is having on physical health and emotional well-being in communities

6. Title: Supported Housing for People Living with Dementia and Developing Dementia Friendly Communities

Host: Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with Clanmil Housing Association, Radius Housing

Places available: 75

A partnership between local housing associations and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, Hemsworth Court, Cullingtree Meadows and Mullan Mews provide bespoke, carefully designed housing for people living with dementia.  The supported housing environment enables independent living within a carefully designed location. A 24 hour domicilary care and enhanced support service is delivered on site by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff. The service focuses on each tenant’s unique situation and recognises the value of working in partnership with the tenants, their families, the local community and local businesses.   


A visit to the supported housing schemes will provide an overview of ‘Dementia Friendly Communities’ a voluntary campaign that brings together local voluntary and community groups, churches, schools, libraries and more who work together to increase awareness and understanding, inclusion and support for people and their families living with dementia.


A guided historical tour of the local area will take in the rich culture and heritage along the main routes connecting west and east Belfast to the city centre.

7. Title: Public Health Tour of Belfast   

Host: Belfast Healthy Cities

Places available: 25

A walking tour through Belfast City Centre will identify key historical public health buildings and explore their impact on the city.  This walking tour will include a visit to Clifton House an impressive Georgian building, set in tranquil landscaped gardens in the heart of Belfast. Opened in 1774 by Belfast Charitable Society, the building was used until the late 1880s as Belfast’s Poor House.  It was used as a nursing home and hospital for older people and is now a unique event venue.