The regeneration of this area, which lies immediately to the south of Belfast City Hall, is a key project within the city centre strategy due to its central location, its emerging regeneration projects and the assets that are located within it. The area currently provides an important link to the south of the city and the many assets that lie beyond this area including the Queen’s University area and some of the Belfast’s inner-city communities.
Linen Quarter includes a number of the city’s key business and public sector headquarters, as well a growing number of current and planned hotels. It also lies adjacent to the proposed £100m expansion of the Belfast Transport Hub at Great Victoria Street which will become the main regional hub for bus and train services in the years ahead, including the relocation of the Enterprise cross-border train service between Belfast and Dublin from Central Station. The Linen Quarter will therefore become one of the city’s key arrival points.
In summer 2015 Belfast City Council appointed Planit Intelligent Environments, a leading landscape architect and urban design practice, to prepare a draft public realm analysis and vision for the area.
Linen Quarter has a significant number of historical buildings that reflect the area’s role as the centre of the linen industry in the mid-19th century. One of Council's key objectives is to establish the conditions and delivery mechanisms to protect and enhance the heritage of the area, while ensuring that the office sector continues to grow and flourish.
Key to this analysis is how to build upon Linen Quarter’s many qualities, while tackling those aspects that are less successful, given the area’s conservation status.
The draft document contains proposals to complement existing development activity, while also increasing the commercial and financial viability of new developments. It identifies ways to reuse or redevelop existing buildings, as well as providing design guidance for new developments and public realm proposals.
The analysis includes a number of key proposals:
The document sets out a blueprint to improve the quality of public realm, streetscape and architecture so that it matches the standards of other leading European cities and reflects the high quality public realm recently introduced in other parts of the city centre.
Belfast City Council would like to hear the views of others on the draft document. You can give feedback by:
The information will also be displayed in the reception area at Ulster Hall from Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm throughout February 2016 (with the exception of Saturday 20 February).
This consultation closes at 4pm on 11 March 2016.