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Council progressing plans to shine a light on historic entries

Date: 25 Jun 2020


Council progressing plans to shine a light on historic entries

Seven of Belfast’s historic entries are getting a makeover as part of Belfast City Council’s regeneration plans, with ambitions to upgrade more in the future.

Seven of Belfast’s historic entries are getting a makeover as part of Belfast City Council’s regeneration plans, with ambitions to upgrade more in the future.

Work is underway to transform Castle Arcade, Crown Entry, Wilson’s Court, Joy’s Entry, Pottinger’s Entry, Cole’s Alley and Winecellar Entry.

Along with general repair works and repainting, there are also plans for enhanced lighting and bespoke artwork.

The £870,000 project is scheduled for completion this autumn and has been part funded by Department for Communities.

Belfast Lord Mayor Alderman Frank McCoubrey said: “Our entries are an important part of our city’s history but in recent times, some have become forgotten and are not used by people because they have seen better days and there is a perception that they are unsafe or unwelcoming.

“This project aims to breathe new life into the entries, to make them more attractive, and also to inspire people to explore their heritage and find out more about their connections to the past.”

The aim of the project is to transform the entries into more welcoming and vibrant thoroughfares to better connect the city and improve wayfinding, as well as celebrating and enhancing the unique heritage of each individual entry.

Alderman McCoubrey added: “Through our ongoing revitalisation work, and as we look ahead to our recovery as a city from the current pandemic, we have an opportunity to think differently about our city centre spaces, and how they connect to communities to create a more walkable, sustainable city centre.

“This is a really exciting project and once complete will enhance our offering as a city.”

During the research phase of the Belfast Entries project, people were asked to share their ideas for the lighting aspect of the project. People asked that the lighting be playful, interactive, and distinct to the city.

Under the plans, previously dark and overlooked entries will become well lit, immersive spaces, with feature lighting using innovative technologies and sustainable materials.

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín said: “My department is delighted to be working alongside Belfast City Council to help transform some of Belfast’s most historic entries.

“The entries play a vital part in linking streets and contributing to the vibrancy of the city centre. Funding from the Department for Communities will go towards the installation of lighting across the entries included in this phase of this programme which I know has been raised as an important element of increasing the usage of these historic entries.

“As the city centre continues to recover from the COVID-19 crisis these entries will provide a key means of moving around our city centre and will contribute to its recovery.”

To find out more, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/regeneration and follow the conversation #belfastentries on social media.

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