Northern Ireland

Have your say on transformation of Cathedral Gardens

CathedralGardens is in line for a transformation
CathedralGardens is in line for a transformation

GARDEN 'rooms' and an events space are among some of the features included in a redevelopment plan for Belfast's Cathedral quarter.

And Belfast City Council is inviting the public to have its say on the proposals.

The multi-million-pound project, unveiled today, aims to transform Cathedral Gardens - the area between St Anne’s Cathedral and the Ulster University campus.

Other proposed features include a permanent memorial to the Belfast Blitz, public art, interactive water and lighting features, outdoor dining areas and a range of play equipment.

The garden ‘rooms’ will be located under the canopies of the mature trees in an urban forest, and there will also be a mix of trees, plants and shrubs to attract wildlife.

Rainwater will be captured, stored and used to water the lawn, trees and other planting within the gardens.

The council hopes the space will host events ranging from the annual Culture Night, music concerts and children’s festivals to food markets, flower and fashion shows.

Councillor Áine Groogan, chair of Belfast City Council’s strategic policy and resources committee, said: “These are extremely exciting and innovative plans which reflect our aim to create an exceptional urban space for families, students and visitors to enjoy all year round, night and day.

“Alongside Ulster University’s investment in its new campus, the landmark £100 million Belfast Stories project which we recently announced and other significant projects already under way in the area, this part of the city centre is undergoing a radical transformation.

"We hope that Cathedral Gardens will play its part in breathing new life into the area.”

The consultation exercise is being conducted before the final designs are completed.

To take part, visit and complete the questionnaire before May 23.