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Belfast regeneration plan includes zip-wire across Lagan

By Patrice Dougan

Visitors to Belfast could soon be taking a thrilling ride across the Lagan on an action movie-style zip-wire.

The zip-wire is part of a Government regeneration plan to develop the Queen’s Quay area, close to the Odyssey complex.

The proposal would see a newly built viewing tower on one bank of the river, with the zip-wire running to the Custom House area on the other side of the river.

It is just one of a number of ideas put forward by the Department for Social Development to improve the site.

Queen’s Quay is publicly-owned ground between Queen’s Bridge and the Titanic Quarter. It is currently a car park. It also contains a flyover and one side of the Lagan weir walkway. The DSD masterplan hopes to guide future development on the site.

As well as the construction of a crow's nest viewing tower and a zip-wire, plans include riverside developments, such as residential buildings, restaurants and a four-star hotel.

It is hoped the current flyover road at Station Street would be removed, and a provisional analysis has already taken place into that.

Before any large-scale construction would take place, the masterplan suggests extending the current boardwalk from the existing weir along the river's edge.

It also suggests building an ‘urban gym', public art and an urban park.

“The concept aims to create an animated riverside frontage and significantly improved pedestrian links to surrounding developments,” the masterplan states.

But it also notes that “commercial development is unlikely to be deliverable in the current market”.

Substantial redevelopment has already taken place across other areas of Belfast around the Lagan.

The proposals are out for public consultation, which ends on March 30.

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