LQ Regeneration & Investment

Why is urban regeneration important?

Linen Quarter BID believe that a dense urban environment that is home to a mix of uses helps to create a vibrant and welcoming streetscape that helps to support active travel, community safety and economic spend.

The Linen Quarter BID area, already home to almost 400 businesses, will continue to grow as a pre-eminent destination for offices, hospitality and city centre living in the coming years. Ongoing and proposed developments within the area total investment worth more than 1 billion Pounds and include some of the largest transport schemes in Northern Ireland (e.g. Transport Hub and Weavers Cross urban district). There are also a number of exciting hotel and residential developments planned, which, once realized, will add to the already vibrant character of the District.

Currently there are 31 ongoing and proposed developments within the Linen Quarter BID area and its immediate surroundings. The proposed Transport Hub and associated Weavers Cross development will boost the Grosvenor Rd / Glengall St area of to the city centre by bringing in a new urban quarter that introduces a large variety of uses and footfall to this part of town. Other major transport and public realm improvement schemes include Streets Ahead phase V, the North-South Glider route, and the Lagan pedestrian / cyclist bridge.

Offices and residential schemes represent the bulk of the developments. There are a number of large office schemes under development / proposed at Bedford Square, Linenhall Street as well as on the location of the former Dublin Road cinema. The Dublin Road / Great Victoria Street area is emerging as a desirable place for city centre living. Other type of schemes include a new hotel on Bedford Street (Bedford Yard), an outdoor hospitality space in Brunswick Street and the redevelopment of the BBC campus on Ormeau Avenue.

In this regeneration overview you will find a brief description of the proposed programme along with the current planning status. The document also sets out the associated level of investment and developer (if known). The map at the bottom of the page highlights the location of the various projects.

Categories: 

  • Transport

  • Office

  • Hospitality

  • Cultural

  • Residential

Projects completed since February 2018

Grand Central Hotel

  • A 22 storey hotel building comprising 304no. bedrooms, restaurant, bar, conferencing facilities and retail unit.
  • Building completed in Jun 2018 and occupied by Hastings Group Hotel.
  • Total: £53 million

Maldron Hotel

  • A 13-storey hotel building comprising 237no. bedrooms, restaurant bar and conferencing facilities.
  • Building completed in March 2018 by McAleer & Rushe, and now occupied by the Dalata Hotel Group.
  • Total: £24 million

Elms BT2

  • A 476 bedroom managed student residential building with entrance foyer, retail unit and car parking
  • Completed in August 2018, by McAleer & Rushe. Now occupied by Queen’s University, Belfast.
  • Total: £21 million

Grosvenor Road MSCP

  • A multi storey car park (575 parking spaces) and office accommodation for taxi business
  • Currently under construction but occupied by McCausland Holdings
  • Total £20 million

Hampton by Hilton

 

  • A 9-storey hotel comprising of 179 bedrooms, restaurant & bar area.
  • Completed in June 2018 and occupied by Andras House
  • Total £12 million

Ten Square Hotel

  • Extension comprising 66no. bedrooms, rooftop bar, gym and restaurant.
  • Completed in January 2019 and occupied by Kilmona Property
  • Total: £9 million

Jury’s Hotel

  • A 5-storey 80-bedroom extension over ground floor car parking
  • Completed in January 2019 and occupied by The Jury’s Doyle Group
  • Total £9 million

Fitzwilliam Hotel, 1-3 Great Victoria St

  • Extension and reconfiguration of the existing Fitzwilliam Hotel to provide an additional 30no. bedrooms, new gym/spa facilities, roof garden/terrace and upgrade of the main entrance and ground level façade fronting Great Victoria Street and Grosvenor Road.
  • Now completed and occupied by Hotel Partners/ Graffan Developments Ltd
  • Total: £2 million

Easy Hotel (Howard Buildings)

  • Conversion of upper floors of the building to provide 81no. bedrooms.
  • Completed in August 2018 and occupied by David Crowe / Easy Group
  • Total: £5 million

The Flint Hotel

  • Conversion of upper floors of the building to provide 55no. serviced short stay apartments and a private roof terrace.
  • Completed in June 2018 and occupied by Martin Property Group
  • Total: Currently unknown

One Sussex Place

  • A conversion and extension of the existing convent building to provide 12no. apartments (6no. 1 bedroom and 6no. 2 bedroom) (for short term rent)
  • Completed in January 2018 and occupied by Mr J. Bentata
  • Total: Currently unknown

Flax House (83-91 Adelaide Street)

  • A conversion of existing warehouse into offices including erection of five storey courtyard infill extension.
  • Completed and occupied by Straidorn Properties
  • Total: Currently unknown

Weaving Works (Armagh House)

  • Conversion of existing warehouse into offices with retail underneath.
  • Now completed and occupied by Karl Developments
  • Total: Currently unknown

17-21 Bruce Street

  • Office conversion scheme
  • Completed and occupied by Andras House
  • Total: Currently unknown

PROJECTS UNDER CONSTRUCTION 

Bedford Square (phase 2, 17 Bedford St)

  • Office scheme with basement car parking, ground floor retail space and 16no. office floors above. Refurbishment and extension of the Ewarts Warehouse Building to provide office accommodation including a four storey extension.
  • A two storey bridge link to a proposed new-build office building adjacent.
  • Currently under construction by McAleer & Rushe, and will be occupied by Bedford Street Enterprises.
  • Total: £85 million

32-36 Great Victoria Street

  • Refurbishment and extension of existing office building including elevational amendments
  • Currently under construction by McAleer & Rushe, and to be occupied by SM Great Victoria Street Ltd
  • Total: Currently unknown

Grand Opera House

  • Complete refurbishment by early summer
  • Currently under construction and will be occupied by Grand Opera House Trust
  • Total: £12 million

Botanic Link, University Road

  • A purpose built managed student accommodation (PBMSA) building comprising 251 beds (219 cluster beds and 32 studio flats), communal facilities and a retail/café unit at Botanic Avenue.
  • Under construction and to be occupied by Botanic Link Ltd (CA Ventures / Lacuna Developments)
  • Total: £18 million

PROJECTS PROPOSED

Belfast Transport Hub

  • Integrated transport interchange comprising; station concourse, 26 bus stands, 8 railway platforms, bus maintenance and parking, cycle and taxi provision, car parking, new public square, public realm improvements, highway improvements, infrastructure improvements.
  • Proposed plans approved in March 2019 and to be occupied by NI Transport Holding Company / Translink
  • Total: £200 million

Weaver’s Cross

  • Multi use urban district including c. 94,000 sq m Grade A office space;  c. 6,900 sq m Hotel accommodation; c.200 residential units; and c. 1,750 sq m Retail space
  • Proposed (no date known)
  • Total: Currently unknown

G5 Building

  • Demolition of the existing building and development of a 9 to 14 storey office building with 220,000ft2 (net) of office accommodation, 21 car parking spaces, 10 motorcycle spaces and 260 cycle spaces.
  • Plans proposed and to be occupied by G5 Gateway Offices Ltd
  • Total: Currently unknown

North – South Glider

  • Road alignment works and bus shelters with associated works. Specific route yet to be determined.
  • Plans proposed by Translink
  • Total: 50 million

 

Street Ahead – Phase V

  • Public realm improvement between Howard Street and Shaftesbury Square including road alignment works, planting, street furniture and associated works.
  • Proposed plans by Department for Communities
  • Total: £50 million

Lagan pedestrian and cycling bridge

  • Construction of a new pedestrian / cycling bridge over the river Lagan linking the Gas Works in the city centre with Ormeau Park in East Belfast.
  • Proposed plans outlined by Department for Infrastructure
  • Total: £10 million

 

The Brunswick, 5 – 7 Brunswick Street

  • Demolition of the existing building and development of a 9-storey office building with ground floor retail unit
  • A 12 storey residential building comprising 96no. apartments over a ground floor retail unit
  • Proposed (approved Aug 2017) & Application in progress and occupied by Killultugh Estates
  • Total: Currently Unknown

Brunswick Street

  • Pedestrianised public space to include cafe/bar/storage container/canopy areas, performance stage, outdoor seating and associated works
  • Proposed (approved April 2021) and to be occupied by Linen Quarter BID
  • Total: £0.20k

Blackstaff Chambers, 2 Amelia Street

  • Office refurbishment scheme
  • Proposed & approved in August 2019 – to be occupied by Hastings Group
  • Total: Currently unknown

21 Linenhall Street

  • Removal of the existing roof and replace with a new single storey flat roof extension to provide one residential unit above refurbished office accommodation on the ground and four upper floors.
  • Proposed (approved Feb 2020) by Keystone Properties Belfast Ltd
  • Total: Currently unknown

The Mercantile, 5 Donegall Square South

  • Demolition of the existing building and development of a 9-storey office building with retail use at ground floor
  • Proposed (approved April 2019) and occupied by Killultugh Estates
  • Total: £14 million

Former St Malachy’s School, Sussex Place

  • Demolition of existing boundary wall; conversion of former schoolhouse to cafe and office space with new 1st floor mezzanine and 1st floor extension; and conversion of former warehouse and erection of extension to provide 9 no. apartments with associated cycle parking and bin storage area.
  • Proposed plans by Xafinity Pension Trustees Ltd
  • Total: Currently unknown

Adelaide Street Public Realm

  • Extension of public pavement area to create additional space for social distancing, to include sheltered structures, seating, planters and elements of incidental play
  • Proposed plans by Belfast City Council
  • Total: Currently unknown

Clarence Gallery, 28 Linenhall Street

  • Demolition of the existing buildings and development of a 8-storey office building
  • Proposed (approved Feb 2019) and occupied by Killultugh Estates
  • Total: Currently unknown

27 – 37 Linenhall Street / 34-44 Bedford Street / 4-10 Clarence Street