£400 million Belfast development to increase outdoor space comfortability

Henning Larsen Architects have revealed plans for a £400 million development set to convert Belfast’s waterfront. The master plan, at 16 acres composes the Northern Irish capital’s largest single ground-up development.

Located on the east bank of the River Lagan, the 1.7 million square foot development will connect the two sides of the river, taking full advantage of the waterfront side. An array of sleek buildings will descend towards the water’s edge, generating a series of enticing public spaces accommodating new cultural venues, entertainment and retail spaces, offices, hotels, and up to 750 new residences.

“We are going to create the framework for people to feel part of a shared public life by River Lagan making it attractive to stay in the city. River Lagan will no longer create a barrier in Belfast but is going to connect it instead.” said Jacob Kurek, partner at Henning Larsen.

The architects scheme organises the buildings to produce a wind-free microclimate, estimated to increase the number of comfortable weeks per year from 9 to 25.

“Analyzing the thermal microclimate we applied an effective scale-gradient strategy to the project. By placing the tallest office buildings along the north, facing the railway, we will create a noise blocking acoustic barrier. The lower buildings facing south keep the riverfront pedestrian friendly and human-scaled. At the same time this strategy allows us to ensure river views and good daylight conditions from all buildings,” explains Kurek.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2018 and completed by summer 2022.

Photography: Henning Larsen Architects

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