City centre cordon area due to Bank Building fire

As Belfast continues to recover in the aftermath of the devastating fire at Primark, Bank Buildings, we are keen to express that the city centre is mostly open for business as normal.

The cordon around the affected area is expected to stay in place for about four months.

The current cordon is described and shown below.



A  Royal Avenue – Remains closed from Tesco across to Argento.

B  Castle Street – Remains closed from British Heart Foundation across to the rear of the Primark Building.

C  Castle Place – Remains closed from McDonalds across to DV8.

D  Donegall Place – Remains closed from the Zara building to Aldo.

E  Fountain Street – Remains closed from City Picnic across to British Heart Foundation.

Businesses which are within the cordon are; Primark, Tesco, Zara, Aldo, Skechers, McDonalds, DV8, Cookie Box, Spar, Argento, Abacus Beads, City Picnic and British Heart Foundation


Please Also Note: There is NO ACCESS to Bank Street ( Between Tesco and Primark )  

Due to the cordon area there is a knock on effect on both Translink services and access for deliveries.  The image below illustrates the traffic management plan for the city centre during the period of the cordon.


The following issues should be highlighted:
• To enable servicing to take place DfI are changing the direction of flow on Berry Street and allowing two-way flow in College Street and Fountain Street;
• With the closure of footways and roads adjacent to the Primark site pedestrian activity has increased on other city centre streets and haulage drivers should be extra vigilant of this when carrying out deliveries;
• Haulage companies should familiarise themselves with the temporary arrangements  and ensure their choice of vehicle can safely manoeuvre along these suggested routes;
• The loading window will not change in the City Centre and will continue to be restricted from 6pm to 11am;
• Signage will be amended as soon as possible;
• It should be noted that these arrangements are temporary and may be subject to change if changes are made to the Primark safety cordon area. In any event, whenever the City Centre streets return to normal and are accessible to traffic these temporary arrangements will be removed.

For an update on the Translink changes to bus services and routes please visit the Translink website for the latest by clicking here


Advice meetings

Insurance advice clinic with PWC,11 September by appointment  9 Adelaide, Belfast  Call 028 9027 0483
Traders campaign meeting, 12 September, 10am - 11am, Banqueting Hall, City Hall  Drop in
Traders business recovery meeting, 12 September,11am - 12 noon, Banqueting Hall, City Hall  Drop in


For further updates please check the following Belfast City Council link. Click here

The remainder of the city centre is open for business as normal.  Further updates will be available as and when we receive information.

BCCM operate a text message alert system for businesses. If you would like to be included you can contact our offices on 028 90242 111.


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