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Masterplan submitted for Belfast’s Sirocco site

Words: Roger Milne
Sirocco Works / Geograph - Albert Bridge

Developer Vanguard Real Estate has revealed new details and a community consultation on proposals for 450 flats, the first phase of residential development proposed at Belfast Waterside.

The city centre site was formerly occupied by the Sirocco engineering works and is located on the banks of the River Lagan.

The creation of one, two and three-bedroom flats on the riverside site forms the first phase of up to 750 new homes planned for the scheme, which will ultimately deliver a mix of private for sale, build to rent, social, and affordable housing.

The proposals will also include a 7,000-square metre ‘plug and play’ space – a building that adapts to the characteristics and needs of the users inside – at the heart of the site.

These details were announced as Vanguard Real Estate submitted its masterplan to Belfast City Council outlining its £400 million blueprint for the site, including plans for a new bridge and a climate-sensitive design.

Danish architectural practice Henning Larsen is designing the project “to bring a Nordic understanding of outdoor living to Belfast”, according to the developer.

Vanguard is formed of Gulf Resources Development & Investment, Graftongate Developments and The Corbally Group.

Image credit | Geograph - Albert Bridge