J3474 : The Sirocco chimney, Belfast (2)

taken 5 years ago, near to Ballymacarret, Belfast County Borough, Shankill, Beal Feirste and Sydenham, Northern Ireland

The Sirocco chimney, Belfast (2)
The Sirocco chimney, Belfast (2)
Whatever the ultimate fate of the Sirocco site the chimney (thought to have been built circa 1890/1900) is still standing. It can be seen, in its original context, in J3474 : Pre-Laganside view, Belfast (July 1986). This view is from the Lagan Walkway.
Belfast Waterfront (formerly Sirocco Quays) development
Sirocco Quays is a redevelopment of the old Davison’s Sirocco Engineering Works bounded by Short Strand, Bridge End and the Lagan. The site extends to 16 acres and the entire project is expected to take some 10 years to complete. It is intended to include 2,000 apartments, a hotel, supermarket and other shops, offices, leisure facilities, a care home for the elderly, doctor’s surgery and open space.

Note added 28 September 2011. There has not been any progress on the scheme. An administrator was appointed to the development company.

Amendment 27 May 2018. With the site, sold the new owner’s proposals for the future development of the site are starting to emerge. Re-named from Sirocco Quays to “Belfast Waterside”.
The developer’s website comments “Earlier this year, Swinford (Sirocco) Ltd unveiled new plans for the £400 million regeneration of the riverfront site. Following extensive consultation with communities and other city stakeholders, a new masterplan application is being proposed: Emphasising the opportunity of the riverfront with new piers, pontoons and moorings for leisure activities. Introducing new uses for community and cultural space, alongside plans for a hotel, cafes, bars, retail and restaurants. Reducing overall heights across the site, with lower buildings by the riverfront and chimney. Connecting the East Bank into the City Centre Proposals for the 16-acre site will include a landmark pedestrian and cycle footbridge creating a new connection from the city core to the east of the city. The bridge and masterplan will emphasise the re-integration of the East Bank with the rest of the city. In so doing it will help to link the whole East Belfast community with the city centre”.
There is now the following application (16 February 2018) for planning permission “LA04/2018/0448/F Erection of 13 storey Grade A office building with ground floor and mezzanine café/bar/restaurant uses (sui generis), lobby/reception area, basement and deck car parking, servicing (refuse/recycling/cycle storage/changing facilities), landscaping/public realm works, introduction of temporary pedestrian/cycle access to riverfront, associated access arrangements to Short Strand and Bridge End and other associated infrastructural works Lands at former Sirocco Works Short Strand and adjacent to Bridge End and the River Lagan Belfast”.
My photographs appear as a matter of neutral record only. I have no connection with the site, developer or any group opposed to the development and have no opinion about its future. I cannot enter into correspondence.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 29 October, 2013
Geographical Context
Derelict, Disused 
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Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 348 741 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.8669N 5:54.9023W
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Irish: geotagged! J 348 741
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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