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Posted on 14 June 2019
Plans To Redevelop Former Sirocco Works Site In Belfast Given Green Light
Global real estate company, Osborne & Co's proposal for The Waterside, a £400m masterplan to regenerate the 1.7 million Sq Ft former historic Sirocco Works site of Belfast, has received outline planning approval from Belfast City Council. Conceived by world renowned architects, Henning Larsen, the masterplan was the winner of the Future Projects Urban Design Award at the World Architecture News Awards.

The council says the new development will "transform" the east bank of the city with plans for community, cultural and leisure facilities such as cafes, bars, gym, restaurants and shops, as well as proposals for a bridge across the river.

It is set to revive Belfast by linking the city centre with wider East Belfast, repopulating the city and becoming a new eco-system for the city's creative/tech business economy. Through office space for c. 8000 jobs, c. 675 apartments, a hotel, cultural and leisure facilities, River Lagan bridge improvements and creative work spaces it reimagines the former industrial site as a new thriving hub of Belfast. It is one of the most complex placemaking projects in the world, coming at this critical time against the backdrop of BREXIT, no power sharing executive and a community that has been historically divided. Its vision is to deliver a world-class waterfront locale and regeneration for the city that puts Belfast and its people on a global stage.

Conor Osborne, Director of Osborne+Co commented: "The Waterside has the potential to make a profound difference to Belfast. We see it as a tool to help drive workplace and cultural evolution in Belfast. This approval sends out a powerful signal that Belfast is open for business and ready to succeed on a global scale."
Simon Brien of Simon Brien Residential estate agents commented: “The Waterside is a landmark scheme for Belfast City Centre and one of the largest brownfield City regeneration sites in the UK. It will create a new and vibrant quarter providing a mix of high specification offices, hotel, leisure and residential apartments, designed with a European influence. We are delighted to be associated with the project and to be part of making The Waterside a world class destination and what will become an exceptional place to live, work and socialise in Central Belfast.”