Belfast- Stuff happens here too!
August 22, 2004 at 7:44 pm #707283StarchParticipant
Was downtown in Belfast today, I see the new architecture centre on Fountain Street is underway, scheduled to be open in the autumn of 2004 (BDP) its called PLACE- Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment (catchy name)…….. Also When I was there I saw the last building on Chichester street leading to the waterfornt being demolished- for those of you not in the know- a huge chunk of te city centre has been demolished for The victoria square developmet- The development will be anchored by a new 200,000 sq ft (18,580 sq m) department store . It will include a range of shop and store units, health club, library, car parking, a variety of restaurants plus a number of luxury apartments. The unique design incorporates covered streets and the new Victoria Square which will be the largest dome covered space in a shopping centre in Europe
– the change already is amazing!
Also the development of Custom House Square is underway-
The development opportunities have become available following the construction of a new road around Custom House into Donegall Quay and the pedestrianisation of the Square.
St.Anne’s Cathederal have recently held a competition for a new spire- it was won by Box, its a sort of glass spiral thing, suspended in some sort of way over the altar of the church- sounds confusing- and probably is
O’Donnell and Tuomey have recently won the design for the new Lyric theatre- coming joint first with up and coming Hackett and Hall- problem apparently is funding at present
August 23, 2004 at 10:29 am #745378
I would be interested to know whats going on in Belfast if anyone has news
July 8, 2005 at 5:36 pm #745379g0nzillaParticipant
I am about to undertake an MSc in Urban Design at Queens University so I have taken an active interest in the continuing regeneration and development of Belfast and I have to say there is alot going. It could be argued that what is going on up here is putting Dublin to shame considering the relative size and importance of the two cities. Adding to the schemes already mentioned on this post:
– ‘Titanic Quarter’ (large scale master plan)
– Large sclae re-development in the ‘Cathedral Quarter ‘ ( much development has taken place on the ground already with some impressive schemes in the pipe-line)
– ‘Obel building’ ( construction due to start later this year, this fairly elegant glass structure will become the tallest building on the Island)
– planned improvements in urban form throughout the entire city centre including the pedestrianisation of the arterial routes that surround city hall.
– extension of the ‘Opera House’
– ‘invest NI’s’ new head quarter’s (almost finished)
– huge investment and re-organisation of public transport infrastructure including the recent launch of the ‘metro’ bus service, overhaul of the rail service including the replacement of all rolling stock and a planned guided-bus rapid transit system. (this has already resulted in increased ridership of around 20% this year alone)
– over haul of innner city transit routes including the upgrading of the West-link.
These are just a few of the schemes launched recently with total investment not far of the 3 billion mark (Sterling). Not bad for a regional back-water.
Needless to say I am a local boy and bucking the trend someone who has increasing pride in the city. I enjoy showing friends from Europe and England around because Belfast is perceived as being a bit of a basket case yet when visitors arrive they are always impressed by what they see. Admitidly alot of crap is going up but the ratio between good and bad I feel is slowly improving.
It would be great to get a debate going regarding planned improvements and perceptions of the city, if anyone else has any other development news I would be interested in hearing about that as well.
July 11, 2005 at 5:57 pm #745380
July 11, 2005 at 6:55 pm #745381JPDParticipant
Ryan can you post the link to that very interesting competition?
July 11, 2005 at 7:02 pm #745382
July 11, 2005 at 7:15 pm #745383
There were some fun and games with that site for a while, on one level I am happy to see a competition in place and that the site will get a level of architectural treatment that constitutes a decent level; on another level I am appalled at the low level of prize money for this competition as this is N.I’s only World Heritage Site and only one of three on the Island.
I would hope that some of the entrants submit their entries for us to praise or criticise as we see fit 😀
July 12, 2005 at 1:10 pm #745384
July 12, 2005 at 8:33 pm #745385
July 12, 2005 at 9:20 pm #745386
You are so right! Perhaps we should talk.
October 18, 2005 at 4:14 pm #745387
Plans unveiled for ‘Titanic’ scheme
18 October 2005 14:43
Plans have been announced for the radical redevelopment of the shipyard area of Belfast where the ill-fated liner, the Titanic, was built.
The Titanic Quarter scheme will be the biggest property development ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.
It will cost Â£1bn and create 20,000 new jobs. The 185-acre site will have commercial, residential and educational aspects, with the aim of creating new dockside community in Belfast.
Stage one of the project will be the building of a hotel, apartments and offices at Abercorn Basin, next spring.
It is hoped the entire development will be completed by 2012, the centenary of the Titanic’s launch.
The cranes and the dry dock are listed structures
October 18, 2005 at 4:19 pm #745388dodgerParticipant
heard about this on the radio today – sounds like an interesting development.
How they came up with a name so synonomous with disaster though i’ll never know. The Titanic quarter is hardly going to reassure any risk averse investors!
October 19, 2005 at 4:21 am #745389Paul ClerkinKeymaster
Titanic Quarter Launched
October 19, 2005 at 9:34 am #745390
October 19, 2005 at 1:16 pm #745391
Thanks for the full article Paul; I was amazed to see Harcourt developments getting such a prominent site in East Belfast. Wasn’t Phil Flynn involved with them until recently?
March 2, 2006 at 7:40 pm #745392darkmanParticipant
Fair play to Belfast. A city less then half the size of Dublin will retain its status as having the tallest building in Ireland in the short term.:) P.S the Obel looks great.
March 3, 2006 at 2:31 am #745393stiraParticipant
the u2 tower will be 100 m tall, Heuston Station with permission will be 32 storeys tall, another building on the quays of 26 storeys also has permission, and there are far more high rises either looking for permission or already have it in dublin, so we will have the tallest building title pretty soon and all the nonsense will be over with!
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