‘The Gateway’ Ballee, Ballymena
‘The Gateway’ Spiritual and Socio-Economic Regeneration Partnership (SSERP) (comprising of Green Pastures the people’s church, Compassion Ministries, The Wash Basin (Community Care), Gateway Social Investments Ltd and the Wright Group) along with other business partners, seek to bring about transformation through intervention and investment of resources on a scale significantly in excess of anything planned by the public sector, but entirely consistent with locally agreed priorities and objectives. A church-inspired, spiritually-led regeneration partnership is nothing new. This principle can be seen at Gracehill, the pioneering Moravian settlement near Ballymena.
This project contains a unprecedented development mix and the SSERP plan to develop unprecedented facilities and ministries specifically designed to effect the transformation sought by multiple agencies and the local communities. Voluntary community engagement suggests overwhelming support for this development.
The Masterplan contains at its heart is a church facility of 20,184sqM comprising a 4320 Church Auditorium, 1200 kid facility, 400 youth facility, 1600 capacity for on mall seating and dining, a gym, creative suite, recording studios, family entertainment facility, offices, dance studios, etc.
Also on site is a 60bed hotel, drive thru restaurant, pfs, medium sized food store, lesiure facility, 7no neighbourhood retail units, 2no riverside restaurants, wedding chapel, 100 bed student accomodation, training and education centre, Compassion Social Care Village, outdoor pursuits centre with 11no chalets, business park and business innovation centre, Compassion Elderly Care Park, Compassion Housing, Social Housing sites, Residential development sites, Garden retail centre, 400m 6 lane running track, 3G football pitch, Regional BMX track, WashBasin Community Care Centre and parkland walkways with riverside park.