Belfast Telegraph

Proposals welcomed for Giant's Park

By Margaret Canning

Belfast City Council is calling for ideas from developers for the redevelopment of Giant's Park North Foreshore.

Commercial property agents GVA NI described the 200 acre North Foreshore site as "a unique and exciting commercial leisure/mixed use development opportunity".

The land is close to junction one off the M2 motorway, overlooking Belfast Lough.

The former landfill site - owned by Belfast City Council - is linked to airports, major roads, motorways and The Port of Belfast, and is also minutes from Belfast city centre. The site has received a £9.5m infrastructure upgrade to include a new spine road, access off Dargan Road and landscaping and planting.

The improvements were part-funded by Invest NI and the European Regional Development Fund, under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland. 

To date, plans have been announced for the southern portion of the site, which will include a 'cleantech hub' for companies working in the renewable energy, recycling and other environmental technologies, and a £20m film studio complex, led by Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

The entire Giant's Park covers around 340 acres, with the northern portion taking up around 200 acres.

Jago Bret of commercial property agents GVA NI said: "This is a significant regeneration project for the city of Belfast and one we are very excited to be involved in.

"At 200 acres, it represents one of, if not the largest single commercial development opportunities to come to the market in Belfast.

"The site offers an unrivalled opportunity for developers with the experience and ability to acquire, build and manage a commercial leisure-led, mixed use development in the heart of the city and we are expecting a lot of interest."

John Hussey, DUP councillor and chairman of the council's strategic policy and resources Ccommittee, commented: "Giant's Park offers huge potential to deliver physical, economic and social benefits for Belfast. We want to transform this former landfill facility into a safe, sustainable asset which attracts investment and creates jobs and other opportunities for our citizens - and we welcome innovative proposals that will help us to deliver on our ambitious plans for the city."

Belfast Telegraph