Phase Two of Titanic Quarter's development plans have recently been submitted. Comprising of some 298,300 sq m (3,210,979 sq ft) of floor space. This makes it the largest planning application in terms of square footage and investment value ever submitted in Northern Ireland.
Plans have been submitted for the second phase of the £3bn development which will transform Belfast's Titanic Quarter over the next 15 years. It is proposed to develop Phase II as a new mixed use 'urban village' containing: residential units; employment uses; leisure; tourism uses; local services; public realm and open spaces; parking; roads and ancillary infrastructure works.
The planning submission for Phase II includes:
The submission also includes plans to create a world class visitor attraction which will bring the story of the Titanic back home to Belfast. The project will unlock the potential of the Titanic Story to communicate with the city's people and its visitors. The Titanic Experience Building (part of the Titanic Signature Project), recently short listed for Big Lottery Fund's Living Landmarks Programme, is being developed by the Titanic Alliance - a partnership led by Titanic Quarter Ltd, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB), Belfast City Council and East Belfast Partnership.
Phase I one of the development including the first major office, retail, residential and infrastructure projects has already been given the go-ahead and construction work has commenced.
Outlining the planning consents Mike Smith, Chief Executive of Titanic Quarter Ltd said:
“The proposals have been informed by best practice elsewhere in waterfront developments but are firmly rooted in the history, culture and character of the city of Belfast and its world renowned shipbuilding industry. I am confident that these projects and the many which follow will do more than simply change our city's skyline. Titanic Quarter '- as a place for business, for leisure and for living - will play a major role in the economic and social future for Belfast and Northern Ireland.”
Roy Adair, Chief Executive of the Port of Belfast, co-promoters of Titanic Quarter added:
“The sheer scale of the Phase II planning application is a reflection of the vision which Titanic Quarter and the Port of Belfast share to regenerate this part of Belfast as a modern metropolitan hub.”
“Belfast Harbour Estate is already home to some of Northern Ireland's key economic and urban redevelopment schemes such as the Odyssey and Sydenham Business Park. Titanic Quarter will complement these developments and establish Queen's Island at the centre of Northern Ireland's 21st Century economy.”
Titanic Quarter is the largest waterfront development project in Europe. The planned £3bn development will transform the site into a new maritime quarter with over 5000 new homes as well as business, leisure, tourism and education facilities. The development is expected to create at least 20,000 new jobs over the next 15 years.
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