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Shipping container 'village' set to regenerate forgotten space

Belfast deputy lord mayor Guy Spence officially unveiled Belfast Contained with Visit Belfast chairman David Gavaghan, left, Contained director Gary Flynn, centre

A NEW space on the edge of the River Lagan aims to test the viability of a cultural and commercial hub in a previously disused part of Belfast.

Belfast Contained - based in a number of old shipping containers - sits on a former car park adjacent to the main sorting office on Corporation Street.

Over the next month, it will play host to various cultural events in what those behind the project, the Square Pit Collaborative, hope will prove what is possible in some of Belfast's vacant spaces.

Director of the project Gary Flynn of T13 in the Titanic Quarter, said it was a "monumental opportunity for the city".

"Belfast will be brought to life through a dynamic program of events, gatherings and experiences taking place between the acclaimed T13 hub and Contained," he said.

"The Belfast Contained pop up village is totally unique in that it has been created using recycled shipping containers and other recycled material. We have developed a new operating framework within which this project will be developed, programmed, operated and reviewed namely focusing on regeneration, consultation, collaboration and sustainability."

The initiative has been backed by Belfast City Council as part of its bid to regenerate the city.

Deputy Lord Mayor Guy Spence described is as a "unique and innovative new experience".

"Belfast City Council, with our partners is currently delivering Belfast's integrated tourism strategy which is all about building prosperity for our community by becoming a world leader in innovative, dynamic tourism development and marketing supported by an unrivalled desire to give all our guests unique Belfast experiences," he added.

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