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Regeneration in Belfast city centre

  • Expressions of interest: 2 Royal Avenue

    In autumn 2021, we acquired the former Tesco Metro premises at 2 Royal Avenue.

    We wanted to address the challenges impacting on the city centre  and find an appropriate way to use and preserve this listed heritage building to help regenerate Belfast city centre and support our local economy, aligned to our regeneration policy for this part of the city.  We recognised the changing nature of the city centre, our growth ambitions in terms of people living in the city centre, and the need to diversify the city centre offering to attract more people to visit, use and live there. 

    Since then, the ground floor of the building has been successfully used as a community and cultural space, on a temporary basis.

    Building on this foundation, we are now carrying out soft market testing through an Expression of Interest, to inform the next stages of the process for the longer term sustainable use of this space, to complement Belfast’s existing offering; supporting the city centre’s diversification and enhancing Belfast’s attractiveness as a place to live, study, work, socialise in, or visit.

    Frazer Kidd is managing the soft market testing exercise on our behalf and inviting Expressions of Interest to help inform the next stage of the selection process.

    We recognise that a diverse mix of retail and non-retail uses, as well as experience-led and community-based offers, are essential in creating a vibrant and sustainable city centre.   

    That means Expressions of Interest to inform the stages of the process are welcome from a wide range of cultural, community, social, retail, hospitality and leisure users, or a mix of such uses to ensure the longer term sustainability of the building. 

    The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest was 4pm, Friday 28 June 2024.

    If you’re interested in finding out more, email

  • Regeneration in Belfast city centre

    A thriving city centre is vital to the prosperity of the entire city and region. We are leading on a number of regeneration projects which reimagines the city centre to create a healthy, shared, vibrant and sustainable environment.

    The Belfast City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy (BCCRIS) outlines this exciting vision and forms the blueprint for these regeneration projects. Shaped by extensive engagement with stakeholders and adopted as the regeneration policy for Belfast City Centre, this strategy sets out our collective ambition for the continued growth and regeneration of the city centre and its surrounding areas until 2030.

    The key aims of the strategy are to:

    • increase the employment population
    • increase the residential population
    • manage the retail offering
    • maximise tourism opportunities
    • create a regional learning and innovation centre
    • create a green centre, accessible to cyclists and walkers
    • connect to the city around
    • enhance shared space and social impact

    Some of the key strategic projects which we're working on to shape our city centre eco system to create a more dynamic place to live, work, visit and invest include:

    Public and private sector stakeholders also have a vital role to play in delivering this strategy. We continue to work in partnership and collaboratively to implement the strategy for the benefit of every citizen in Belfast.

  • Read the document

    The Belfast City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy is published online.

    Belfast City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy 

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