Championing the artistic, cultural and heritage-focused regeneration of a thriving Cathedral Quarter. 

Emerging out of the work of the Laganside Corporation, the Cathedral Quarter Trust (CQT)
was established in 2012.

A registered Charity, CQT’s Board membership was structured to represent a cross-section of interest groups and stakeholders in the area including Arts & Culture, Heritage, Business and local Government.

The CQT Board oversaw the development and implementation of the Cathedral Quarter Strategic Vision and Development Plan (2012-2017).

The original CQ Strategic Vision and Development Plan identified four key priorities for the area, to be implemented by CQT. These were:

  • To support the Cathedral Quarter as a centre for the arts and creative industries
  • To support the growth of the mixed-use economy in the Cathedral Quarter
  • To generate high levels of public participation
  • To build and maintain a supportive infrastructure

The 2012 Plan was ambitious and wide-ranging and, whilst some of the key priorities were achieved, others were more problematic. Delivery of the Plan was always going to be challenging given the limited resources of the Trust and the complexity of the ownership, control and economic ecology of the area – despite this CQT delivered a number of notable achievements over the period 2012-2017. These included:

  • Establishment of the Destination CQ Business Improvement District (BID) in 2016
  • The continued development and growth of Culture Night from audiences of 30,000 in 2012 to almost 100,000 in 2017
  • Improved promotion and awareness for the area including a website and marketing support
  • Continued representation for the disparate voices and interests in the area


CQT is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee and a registered charity.

Company No: NI611183; Charity Ref No: XT36973; NI Charity No: NIC101653

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