The Royal Exchange site, Belfast :: Shared Description

A major mixed-use scheme proposed for the most neglected part of central Belfast. Based on my interpretation of the “artist’s impression” it will cover part of lower Donegall Street, lower North Street, Garfield Street and Royal Avenue. Much of the area, near St Anne’s cathedral and the MAC site J3374 : The "MAC" site, Belfast (1) is just outside the main shopping and office area and had become semi-derelict. If the scheme proceeds it will unite the existing commercial area and the “Cathedral Quarter”. It (Z/2010/1532/F) received approval on 5 September 2012.

Note added 21 March 2014: so far there has not been any visible progress towards starting this development. There is doubt, in some quarters, whether Belfast has the population to sustain what amounts to a second city centre. In the meantime the area has become blighted and unsightly. This is a selective quotation from a Department of the Environment press release on 27 January 2014: “Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced £605,000 to tackle decay and dereliction . . . . Many derelict sites and properties will benefit, be it a facelift for the run down North Street/ Donegall Street/ Royal Avenue area . . . . . Mark H Durkan said: “This funding will enhance these areas, removing eyesores along key coastal areas and in our towns and cities”. The full press release is available here LinkExternal link.
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J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast 10 October 2010 (1) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast 10 October 2010 (2) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast 10 October 2010 (3) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast 10 October 2010 (4) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast 10 October 2010 (5) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast (1997) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-5 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-1 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-2 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-4 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-3 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Street sign, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast (4) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Car park, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The North Street Arcade, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The North Street Arcade, Belfast (2) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower North Street, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The North Street Arcade, Belfast (3) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : The North Street Arcade, Belfast (detail) by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Funky shutter, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Drainpipe and column, Belfast by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-6 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-7 by Albert Bridge
J3374 : Lower Garfield Street, Belfast 2010-8 by Albert Bridge

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Created: Sun, 7 Nov 2010, Updated: Fri, 21 Mar 2014

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