At 340 acres, the North Foreshore of Belfast Lough is the largest development site in the city.
Known as Giant’s Park, this area offers huge potential to deliver physical, economic and social benefits for citizens as part of our physical investment programme.
We want to transform this former landfill facility, which we own, into a safe, sustainable asset which attracts investors and creates jobs and other opportunities for our city.
Environmental Resource Park
Construction is underway to create Northern Ireland’s first Environmental Resource Park on 30 acres of Giant’s Park and the infrastructure is now complete.
This multi-million pound development will create an innovative business cluster at the southern portion of the site, creating over 300 jobs and bringing an estimated £88 million of investment for the city.
The resource park is aimed at companies working in renewable energy, solar power, recycling and other environmental technologies, who are keen to invest in Belfast and take advantage of our strong skills base, accessible location and growing clean-tech sector.
We have installed the 1,734 metres of roads needed to improve access and set up key services at the hub. The names of the four access roads relate to the surrounding landscapes: Gullivers Avenue, Gullivers Drive, Gullivers Link and Gullivers Road.
This project is funded by:
- Invest Northern Ireland
- the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) - through the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland
- us - as part of our Investment Programme.
The ERDF funded works were completed in August 2016 to provide the main road network to the southern portion of the site, together with associated services and the initial layer of capping to facilitate serviced sites.
Further works including the provision of a gas ring main, access ramps and associated landscaping to enhance the entrance to the overall site are now complete.
Commercial estate agents Lisney have been appointed to market the Environmental Resource Park to potential occupiers, investors and developers. A comprehensive campaign exposes the opportunities to local, national and international audiences.
For further information about opportunities at the Environmental Resource Park, call Lisney on 028 9050 1501.
Find out more about Giant's Park Environmental Resource Park.
As well as making Belfast a world leader in green technology, the resource park, also known as a CleanTech Hub, will benefit citizens by:
- creating over 300 new jobs in green technologies
- open up new career opportunities, especially for young people and other disadvantaged groups
- deliver training and other opportunities during construction
- levering in additional private sector investment
- generate extra income for us, through rates and rents, which could be used to fund further development work at Giant’s Park and across the city
- help local businesses to boost productivity, drive efficiency and lower energy consumption
- developing greener, cheaper solutions for homeowners and businesses
- promote Belfast internationally.
This picture shows how the Cleantech Hub will fit within the wider site.
Belfast Harbour Studios
The Environmental Resource Park is just the first step in developing Giant’s Park. Planning permission has also been granted for a film studio complex, led by Belfast Harbour, on a further seven acres of the site.
Belfast Harbour Studios is a £20 million film studio complex which comprises of:
- two film studios and sound stages of approximately 33,000 square feet each
- two workshop buildings of approximately 11,000 square feet each
- three-storey 37,000 square feet office and production building.
The application was approved in February 2016. Construction is underway and the studio complex is due for completion in summer 2017.
Commercial leisure led, mixed use development
We are also working with GVA Property Consultants to market 200 acres of land within the northern and western portions of the site for commercial led, mixed use development.
Any queries relating to these opportunities should be directed to Jago Bret or Gavin Weir at GVA NI on 028 9031 6121.
This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund, under the European Sustainable Competitiveness Programme for Northern Ireland.
Sufalnet 4EU membership
Through Sufalnet 4EU (Sustainable Use of Former and Abandoned Landfill
Network For You), we have worked with colleagues from Europe to look at
solutions for and issues arising from the regeneration of closed waste landfill
Fifteen local and regional government partners from ten different countries
took part in the Interreg IVC funded project,
which ended in March 2012. It was led by the
province of North Brabant in the Netherlands, and funding from the scheme also
allowed us to publish the Giant’s Park Action Plan which outlined our proposals
for the North Foreshore site.
For more information, visit www.sufalnet4.eu