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Go-ahead for major Belfast east bank redevelopment

Words: Roger Milne
Sirocco Works / Geograph - Albert Bridge

Belfast City Council has approved outline proposals for the extensive Waterside development at the former Sirocco works site in Belfast.

It is hoped that the development could create at least 8,000 jobs and provide homes, some affordable, for more than 1,500 people.

The scheme is set to transform the city’s east bank through a mixed-use waterfront development made up of nearly 80,000 square metres of commercial space, 675 flats and a hotel, together with retail, hospitality and professional service units and community and leisure facilities. 

A total of 15 new buildings – the tallest will be 13 storeys in height – are proposed for the 2.6-hectare site. It will be opened up through extensive public realm works, including a new street network and linear park, the removal of existing boundary walls, landscaping, a replacement pedestrian bridge over the River Lagan and improved access to both Short Strand and Bridge End. 

A ‘creative cluster’ building, facing onto the River Lagan, will include a public square reflecting the site’s industrial heritage and providing new spaces for community and arts use. 

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Masterplan submitted for Belfast’s Sirocco site

Image credit | Geograph - Albert Bridge