Under 30s sought to advise on £400m Sirocco scheme

PEOPLE under the age of 30 have been asked for their input into the proposed £400 million regeneration of Belfast Waterside
Gareth McKeown

PEOPLE under the age of 30 have been asked for their input into the £400 million regeneration of Belfast Waterside.

Young people across the city are invited to shape plans for the former Sirocco Works site, now the subject of a major development.

A series of place making workshops aimed at involving 18 to 30 year-olds will take place across three evenings in east Belfast and the city centre. The workshops are in addition to three public events, which are open to all ages, and are part of a pre-application consultation on the next phase of proposals.

Vanguard (Sirocco) Limited, a joint venture of established real estate developers, unveiled the first phase of their residential proposals, and an innovative 7,000 square metre ‘plug and play’ building in April, earlier this year.

It is hoped the regeneration project at the 16-acre site could create as many as 5,500 jobs, 750 homes and almost 80,000 square metres of contemporary office space and helped the east with the wider city centre.

Vanguard chairman, Chris Kane explained why the project team was specifically reaching out to young people in the city.

"For places and cities to succeed in a modern globally connected world we need to not only harness the best practice of recent decades, but also provide an opportunity to hear the views of the future workers and citizens of Belfast. For this project to succeed we want to ensure their voice is a loud one, and impacts how we bring forward designs for what is a key development not just for this area, but for the whole city.”

Planning applications for the site's masterplan and a first phase £50m 25,000 square metre grade A office building office development were submitted in February.

The three place-making design workshops for 18 to 30 year-olds will take place tomorrow at the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Road from 7pm to 8.30pm, on Thursday at Short Strand Community Centre on Beech Street from 7pm to 8.30pm and on May 31 in an unconfirmed city centre location from 6pm to 7.30pm. Three public information events run on three days this week in the Skainos Centre tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm, Short Strand Community Centre on Thursday from 3pm to 7pm and on Friday in the Hilton Hotel, Landon Place, Belfast from 3pm to 7pm.

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