Belfast Harbour confirms City Quays project

Posted on by John Cronin

The Belfast Harbour organisation has formally announced plans for a large scale development and regeneration project for the Clarendon Dock area of the city.

City QuaysCity Quays (pictured) is a proposal for a large-scale, £250m mixed-use development within the maritime district of Belfast and incorporates a 20 acre site. It is a commercial led scheme with over 60% of the total 2.4m square footage being allocated for speculative office floor space.

A proposed pedestrian and cycle bridge will link City Quays along with the existing Titanic Quarter and Northern Ireland Science Park (NISP) to the centre of Belfast.

NISP is also active in the Belfast office market as it owns four buildings, offering floor plates from 23,000 sq ft to 56,000 sq ft. Flexible lease arrangements are offered to prospective tenants on lets starting at 400 sq ft. Floor plate arrangements for City Quays offices have not yet been published.

Len O’Hagan, Belfast Harbour chairman, says: “City Quays is an occupier led project to provide high quality waterfront landscape for business, leisure, tourism and the arts. The aim is to help regenerate and reinvigorate the heart of historic Belfast, providing an attractive setting for potential overseas investors.”

A ‘master plan’ for the development has been created by the practice fronted by architect Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, who was heavily involved in the design of the multi-award winning Eden Project in Cornwall. Belfast Harbour claim their proposed scheme will be a “leading edge” sustainable development.

A public consultation exercise is on-going and full planning permission is yet to be granted. Furthermore, the developers have indicated that construction will only commence on the speculative development once initial tenancy agreements have been secured.

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