Whilst Primark continues to work at the top floor of Bank Buildings and begin work on the facade retention scheme a walkway has been installed which will open up pedestrian access connecting Donegall Place to Royal Avenue. This access will be via a 3 metre wide walkway. The walkway opened on Monday 3rd December and will allow access to stores on Donegall Place, Castle Place and Royal Avenue.
Currently Skechers, McDonald's, Spar and Argento which were previously closed due to the cordon are now open for business!
The north of Belfast city centre has a number of significant developments both planned and that have been delivered in recent years. The Belfast Streets Ahead phase 3 (BSA Phase 3) project aims to push the regeneration of the streetscape towards the north, extending the perceived retail core and engaging with an area of the city that is seeing great change. This will be achieved by delivering a world class public realm improvement scheme that will include improvements to:
• Street furniture
• Public art
The Five Cs Project seeks to provide public realm improvements across five streets within the city centre, namely College Avenue; College Street; College Court, Callender Street and Chichester Street. It is from these five streets that the project takes its name. A number of private investments have taken place or are due to take place within the project area and this collaboration between the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council seeks to raise the quality of the streetscape in line with the new developments. This will be achieved by delivering improvements to include:
View more information on this development here.
Planning permission was granted in March 2017 for the construction of 24 apartments and 33,000 sq ft of office space which has been launched as ‘SIXTYTHREE’.
Works have commenced to restore the iconic listed Garfield Building which will provide luxury apartments under the Garfield & North brand. In March 2018 the planning committee voted in favour to consent an international HQ office building of 150,000 sq ft with ground floor retail units alongside significant improvements to the public realm to provide a new street and church square. More information can be found on the Tribeca website. The below images show the development area and a concept design of Writer's Square.
The following has been taken from the Weaver's Cross Website:
The Belfast Transport Hub is the biggest public transport infrastructure project and represents one of the largest single investments in Northern Ireland.
The transport led regeneration project will require a significant civil engineering and construction intervention to build the state-of-the-art transport hub.
The project will be delivered by completing 3 distinct phases of work:
• Site preparation works
• Permanent Way (P-Way) enhancements
• Main Construction works
Site Preparation Works will take around 18 months to complete and include site clearance, utility diversions, ecology surveys, ground remediation, watercourse and drainage activities. This will ensure the site is ready for the main build phase in 2021 and that construction teams and materials are able to enter and begin work safely and efficiently.
A replacement pedestrian footbridge (Bridge 308a) will be constructed over the existing railway at the Blythefield curve section of the site to accommodate this track widening works.
*GRAHAM Civil Engineering were awarded the contract to deliver the Site Preparation Works.**
Permanent Way and Signalling enhancements are required within the projects planning permission. Track enhancements consisting of the existing two track corridor at the southern end of the site to be widened to three tracks to improve access into and departing from the new transport hub. This is only at a localised section on approach to the 8 new platforms and also replacement on the wider network of permanent way and rail signalling to bring the infrastructure up to the required standard to facilitate the new Belfast Transport Hub.
**Babcock International will be responsible for delivering this aspect of the project.**
Main Construction Works will be the main phase of the programme undertaking key project milestones such as; Construction of new integrated public transport interchange comprising; station concourse, 26 bus stands, 8 railway platforms, bus maintenance and parking, bus access bridge, cycle and taxi provision, car parking, new public square, public realm improvements, highway improvements, infrastructure improvements, temporary structures for bus operations during construction and temporary site construction compounds.
Images below show conceptual designs of the development and the development area.