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 Link
In November 2015 the Department for Social Development admitted that the scheme had been abandoned and that it had, inter alia, commissioned a study to "examine the relationship between retail, leisure and commercial office investment in the continuing regeneration of Belfast".
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