Funding has been provided by National Lottery Heritage Fund to help secure the future heritage of an East Belfast site that was once the largest flax tow spinning mill in the world. Portview Trade Centre is on the Newtownards Road, formerly the site of the Strand Spinning Mill, which in the 1930s was a key feature within a vibrant East Belfast community sustained by thriving industries such as ropeworks and ship building.
Marrying traditional skills with technologies that were world-leading and very
advanced for their
time, the Mill also was known for its large employment for women.
From now to October 2020, plans will be drawn up to on how best to secure and retain the site’s heritage and, crucially, to ensure that it is sustainable and self-sufficient.
This long-term vision will be achieved by transforming Portview Trade Centre into a creative social hub in the area, with Heritage at its core while running across the above key themes.
Portview will inspire and reconnect the community to their industrial heritage. It will challenge their understanding of past, present and future heritage, whilst opening up a wealth of opportunities, which inspire curiosity and enable young people to create their own opportunities. It will be a vessel for positive change in Belfast.
Portview will facilitate an innovative education and training
programme which stimulates curiosity, identifies talent and
The Portview model social tenancy will ensure that Portview attracts a socially and economically resilient tenant community who are passionate about creating progressive change within the local community.