Revised proposals by Chapman Taylor for a £400 million transformation of Belfast’s north-eastern quarter have been put back in for planning
Developer Castlebrooke Investments claims the mixed-use scheme, which features shops, offices, homes and tourist amenities, would be ’the largest-ever single redevelopment’ of Belfast city centre.
In response to feedback from the public, the ‘significantly revised’ plans will retain more of the existing buildings on the site than the original application and preserve the façades of buildings on North Street. The Central Catholic Club, Central Halls and Masonic Hall will all be refurbished. Chapman Taylor is working on the scheme with conservation architect Consarc Design Group.
The £400 million masterplan has been proposed as a phased development. Detailed plans for phase 1B were submitted in September with a decision on this initial stage due early next year. Approval for the wider masterplan is not expected until later in 2018.
A Castlebrooke spokesperson said: ‘We listened carefully during the public consultation to people, considered their feedback and have modified our plans to ensure that we are creating an international-standard development.’
Jonathan Millar, managing director of the scheme’s commercial agent Colliers International, said: ‘Under the submitted new planning application, more buildings will be preserved than the current planning permission requires, and the facçades of 13-15 and 17-23 North Street will be retained and incorporated into the scheme.’
If approved, the scheme is expected to take between five and seven years to complete.
The developer says the overall project will create 900 construction jobs during its delivery.
Castlebrooke Belfast city centre regeneration plans North Street CGI
Location Belfast, Northern Ireland
Type of project Mixed-use
Client Castlebrooke Investments
Architect Chapman Taylor
Conservation Architect Consarc Design Group
Landscape architect Hyland Edgar Driver
Planning consultant Savills
Civil engineer Arup
Completion date 2022
Gross internal floor area 74,300m²
Total cost £400 million