Belfast's Linen Quarter BID launches regeneration vision

Paul Johnston, Chris McCracken and Andy Roberts launch the new regeneration vision for Belfast's Linen Quarter

BELFAST'S Linen Quarter business improvement district (BID) has launched a regeneration vision for one of its most historic and beautiful areas, highlighting business and tourism opportunities for a cultural hub around the BBC, Ormeau Urban Greenway and Shaftesbury Square Tech Hub.

The Linen Quarter is seen as the premier business district, just south of City Hall and including iconic buildings like the Ulster Hall, BBC and Grand Opera House, as well as host of top-quality hotels and hospitality venues.

The LQ BID ( works on behalf of its levy payers to help shape the regeneration and improvement of the district.

Its vision actively promotes greater public and private investment, but also advocates a much greater focus on liveability, with new public spaces and squares, improved residential development, and greater priority for walking, cycling, and public transport.

The core of the vision is a cultural hub around the redeveloped BBC, along with a new Ormeau Urban Greenway, incorporating the north-south Glider extension as well as new foot and cycle paths connecting Great Victoria train station to Ormeau Park. It also advocates the redevelopment of Shaftesbury Square as a new tech hub, and the development of new visitor attractions throughout the District.

Chris McCracken, managing director of Linen Quarter BID, said: “After decades of decline, it is now at the cusp of a great renaissance, with 38 regeneration projects already under way. The vision helps provide a unifying narrative for this development, as well as highlighting the shape of future opportunities.”

LQ BID chair Paul Johnston added: “It's been a tremendous first year for the BID and its levy payers. At our launch we set out 33 projects, ranging from enhanced cleaning and policing, to street ambassadors and improved promotion. Twelve months later we have already realised 55 per cent of our five-year plan, with nine projects fully delivered and nine actively under way."

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