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Belfast waterfront scheme unveiled

Belfast Harbour has submitted plans for its £250m ‘City Quays’ development, one of a series of schemes for the Northern Ireland capital’s waterside area.

The 20-acre scheme, centred round Clarendon Dock, is designed to link with the neighbouring much more extensive 185-acre Titanic Quarter development in Belfast city centre.

City Quays will provide a mix of commercial offices, shops, cafes, restaurants, hotel space and residential accommodation. There will also be educational, arts and cultural space for both residents and visitors.

The project has been master planned by award-winning architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, whose projects include the Eden Project in Cornwall.

Len O’Hagan, Belfast Harbour’s chairman, said: “City Quays is an occupier led project to provide high quality waterfront landscape for business, leisure, tourism and the arts. The aim is to help regenerate and reinvigorate the heart of historic Belfast, providing an attractive setting for potential overseas investors.

“City Quays will complement Titanic Quarter, including the Northern Ireland Science Park and Belfast Metropolitan College, linking them to the city centre through a new cycle and pedestrian bridge,” he said.

The proposed new pedestrian and cycle bridge will also integrate the project with the first phase of Belfast’s new bus-based rapid transit system.

Most of the scheme has been set aside for commercial office space, with a further 14 per cent allocated for leisure/hotel uses, six per cent for local retail and 12 per cent for residential use.

Read the Belfast Harbour press release.

 

Roger Milne

28 October 2010