Belfast: Future City
Working in a new city is always exciting – working in a Capital City at the beginning of a new chapter of its life is a wholly different challenge.
Through our work with Deloitte, who alongside Urban Strategies have produced the new ‘City Plan’, Planit-IE attended the launch of ‘Belfast: future city, the Regeneration and Investment Strategy’ at the International Convention Centre on Belfast’s waterfront.
The event brought politicians, business leaders, developers and stakeholders together to hear Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence and Chief Executive Suzanne Wylie explain the city’s ambitions and commitment to making Belfast city centre a more attractive, prosperous, liveable World City.
With around £1billion of capital investment taking place over the next 10 years, and with new devolved powers in place, Belfast City Council has recognised the importance of putting in place a strong, imaginative plan to help shape the city. The plan will act as the city’s road map for the future.
This is an incredibly exciting time for Belfast, and we are thrilled to be working with the city to help shape the transformation and contribute to the delivery of the new Belfast Agenda.
Planit-IE are preparing detailed plans for two of the city’s contrasting neighbourhoods – the Linen Quarter and Western Quarter. The Linen Quarter is Belfast’s Central Business District, and with a wealth of historic buildings, is undergoing rapid change. We are tasked with ensuring that the built heritage is protected and new additions are both sensitive and of contemporary design of the highest quality.
The Western Quarter has much more focussed on the public realm, and how this neighbourhood on the edge can be knitted into the City fabric and work as a destination in its own right.
Our work seeks to emphasise the importance of placemaking and character as a fundamental component of this process; addressing the manner in which buildings, streets and spaces combine to make attractive, successful places for people to enjoy.