The ambitious 16-acre masterplan for Belfast Waterside aims to repopulate the city of Belfast while reviving the potential of River Lagan − drawing inspiration from successful harbor front developments in Copenhagen.
Throughout Europe, cities are in the process of regenerating old industrial areas along the waterfront. Belfast now takes the European lead with a truly exceptional development of its east bank. The Belfast Waterside is set to revive Belfast inviting people to repopulate the city connecting it across the River. It is set to become the single largest development in Belfast’s recent history. Belfast Waterside will fully activate the potential of the River Lagan creating a year-round vibrant, pedestrian-friendly community complete with cultural venues, leisure and retail facilities, 750 homes, hotels and office spaces.
The new £400 M masterplan for the Belfast Waterside development is designed by Scandinavian-based architectural practice Henning Larsen specializing in sustainable urban developments with a strong focus on generous public realms and attractive livable communities.
The unique terraced stone landscape of the Giant’s Causeway was a general source of inspiration for the new urban development, from the stepped massing of the buildings, the layout of the terraced landscape areas, to the use of stone and geometric patterns in outdoor surfaces and pavements.
The strategy of positioning the lower buildings towards the waterfront in the Belfast Waterside development guides winds over buildings instead of through the streets. In the harsh temperate oceanic climate zone of Belfast Henning Larsen estimates that this approach reduces wind speed prolonging the number of weeks per year it’s comfortable to spend time outside from the current 9 weeks to an impressive 25 weeks.
Construction of the 1,7 m sqft development begins summer 2018. The project is being developed by Swinford Sirocco Limited, who expects the project to be completed in the summer of 2022.