Bankmore Square Rejuvenation
Bankmore Square re-opened to the public on June 28th, 2023, following extensive regeneration work completed by Linen Quarter BID alongside partners in Dept of Infrastructure and Dept for Communities.
The works aim to boost green space within the City Centre by relaying existing grass lawns and repairing existing paths within Bankmore Square (including land drainage improvements), while adding new green features such as a wildflower meadow and installation of climbing plants around the toilet block located at the Dublin Road entrance. These interventions are aimed at ensuring that Bankmore Square is a safe, usable and accessible green space.
The restoration of this neglected green space provides residents, workers and visitors within the Southern part of the city centre with more access to green space, while the upgrade of the neglected pathways has restored key pedestrian routes between Dublin Road / Bedford Street and Ormeau Avenue / Donegall Pass – thereby making this part of the city centre more walkable. It is anticipated that these interventions will improve footfall for businesses and encourage people to live, work, and invest in our city, including the Marcus Ward bar which overlooks the square.
The Installation of resin bonded gravel to the central circular hardstanding has created a renewed focal point for surrounding communities that can facilitate pop-up uses that introduce social vibrancy to the Square. We are currently working on a summer events program for August & September to help bring the square to life, including through yoga, music and family events. Please email email@example.com if you have an idea for an event that we might be able to support you in bringing to fruition.
It is anticipated that an increase in social vibrancy, as well as the introduction of additional night lighting, will discourage anti-social behaviour which was previously prevalent in the Square.
Finally, it is anticipated that the inclusion of a sizable wildflower meadow at the Western side of the Square will help to boost biodiversity and sustainability by including pollinators that attract a range of insects, and ultimately birds.
Check out the gallery of images below from our launch event, and swing by to see it yourself!