Belfast Harbour has confirmed plans for the £250m City Quays development in the heart of Belfast’s historical maritime district. Representing the latest stage in the ongoing transformation of Belfast’s waterfront, City Quays is designed to link the 185-acre Titanic Quarter Development to the City Centre.
The 20-acre scheme, centred round Clarendon Dock, 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.
Showcasing the latest advances in ‘green’ architecture, the project has been master-planned by global award-winning architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, whose projects include the internationally-acclaimed Eden Project in Cornwall.
Len O’Hagan, Belfast Harbour’s Chairman, said:
“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.
“The scheme has generated significant interest and support from a wide range of stakeholders who have been consulted as part of the master-planning process. We will continue to involve and engage with these groups as the scheme develops in terms of layout and uses.”
The proposed new pedestrian and cycle bridge will also integrate City Quays 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% allocated for leisure / hotel uses, 6% for local retail and 12% for residential use. Work on site will begin once the planning process has been completed and initial occupiers have been secured.