19th May 2022 in Business

Time is running out for people in the Cathedral Quarter to give their thoughts and views on major redevelopment plans for Belfast’s Cathedral Gardens.

Ending on 23rd May, Belfast City Council are seeking your say on the ongoing plans for the transformation of Cathedral Gardens, also known as Buoys Park, into “a world class public space.”

Following the survey closure, a report will be generated and considered by elected members of Belfast City Council. If approved, the project will progress to the next stage, involving additional consultation, designer development, planning approval and contractor procurement.

The key principle of the proposal is to create an attractive, sustainable and social space that allows people to gather, relax and play; with the overall aim of creating “a welcoming space for locals, students and visitors to enjoy all year round, both night and day.”

Plans include the formation of an urban forest, which is set to comprise of a diverse mix of high canopied trees to create forest ‘rooms’ to boost the wildlife and ecology in the area; as well as a large outdoor events space that will become host to large scale cultural events, festivals, music and markets.

With rainwater harvesting, the area is set to include water features and lighting displays, which will include audio-visual interactive art. Additionally, a variety of new artworks will be commissioned to champion artists of all calibres, inclusive of a new memorial to commemorate the Belfast Blitz.

Established as core consideration, the development will place a focus on play for children. Combining play features, art and water features, learning sculptures and the forest rooms, children-focused events will be a main component of the wider events in the area.

The proposal comes off the back of a number of key city strategies, including Belfast City Regeneration and Investment Strategy, A Bolder Vision for Belfast, A Climate Plan for Belfast and the 2020-2030 Cultural Strategy.

Damien Corr, manager of the Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District said it’s important everyone who live in, works in or owns businesses within the area consider inputting into the consultation.

He added: “These proposals have the power to transform this area for the better, but no one knows the neighbourhood better than you?

“Please have a look at the plan and if it does not align with your vision/expectations….let them know, it will be too late when the diggers have gone.”

Have your say, today: https://yoursay.belfastcity.gov.uk/cathedral-gardens/survey_tools/bpf1 

For more information, visit https://yoursay.belfastcity.gov.uk/cathedral-gardens 

 

 

By Zahra Baz, Excalibur Press

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