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Belfast city centre revamp climbs off the drawing board

Words: Roger Milne
Belfast city centre

Communities minister Paul Givan MLA has announced a multimillion-pound investment to improve Belfast city centre’s streetscape, from Castle Place to the new University of Ulster campus on York Street.

The public realm scheme, designed by a team led by McAdam Design, would see the area transformed to include new paving, street furniture, lighting and public artwork.

The Department for Communities is contributing more than £20 million to the scheme. It forms phase three of the city’s so-called Streets Ahead programme, which aims to regenerate the entire city centre.

Belfast City Council has also agreed to contribute £5 million.

Givan said: “This latest phase will deliver a high-quality, sustainable public realm scheme in the north of the city centre that will make a significant contribution to the wider regeneration works in the area.”

The estimated cost of this phase is £27 million and the works are expected to take about two years, starting in spring/summer 2017.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted by the city council last November (2015).

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