J3474 : Former Oxford Street bus station, Belfast

taken 31 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Former Oxford Street bus station, Belfast
Former Oxford Street bus station, Belfast
See J3474 : The Laganbank Road, Belfast (2). Oxford Street bus station (now replaced by the Laganside Buscentre J3474 : The Laganside Buscentre, Belfast) was built on the site of an old goods line (1876-1963) connecting East Bridge Street Jct (near the present Central Station J3473 : Belfast Central Railway Station) via a subway near the Queen’s Bridge J3474 : The Queen's Bridge, Belfast and Belfast harbour to the yards at York Road J3475 : York Road station, Belfast (2). The old railway wall survived until demolished to make way for the Waterfront Hall J3474 : The Waterfront Hall, Belfast as did a short stretch of railway (visible behind the cones). The old fire station in Chichester Street is the red brick building at top right. It was demolished to make way for the Laganside Courts J3474 : The Laganside Courts, Belfast and was replaced by new premises in Ormeau Avenue J3473 : Fire station, Belfast. The small building below the fire station is the pumping station which has survived J3474 : Pumping station, Belfast. Churchill House J3474 : Former Churchill House, Belfast, part of which can be seen at top right went, in a controlled explosion to make way for the Victoria Square development J3474 : Victoria Square, Belfast (3). The Law Courts (middle left) remains but has been cleaned.
Former pumping station, Oxford Street, Belfast

A disused sewage pumping station on the eastern side of Oxford Street, advertised and agreed for sale towards the end of 2016. Described by the selling agents as “The subject is Oxford Street Pumping Station, a redundant Northern Ireland Water Building which occupies a highly prominent location in Belfast City Centre. Internally the ground floor of the building comprises an open mesh floor on steel frame around the perimeter with painted brick walls. There is a drywell at basement level which is now drained of water while there is a concrete mezzanine area at the rear of the building. The site occupies a highly prominent location sitting immediately to the front of the Waterfront Hall with frontage to Oxford Street, which is one of the principal arterial routes in Belfast City Centre.”
Northern Ireland Water is reported as follows "The site was built as a storm water pumping station in the 1930s by the then Belfast Corporation. Along with three other similar facilities elsewhere in the city, it has been out of service since late 2009, when the Belfast Storm Water Tunnel was commissioned."
The 1951 street directory shows “10-14. Cairnes Ltd., Brewers, Drogheda (stores) Preston Bros., & Co., (Cairnes Ltd.), Wholesale Wine and Spirit Merchants. 16. Pumping Station 18. Entrance to Cattle Market 20-32. Wall”. The station was the last remaining pre-Laganside building remaining on the street’s eastern side.
It does not appear (at 13 December 2016) to be listed.

There is the following application (6 March 2019) for planning permission “LA04/2019/0657/F Change of use from water pumping station to restaurant & café including external alterations & new 2 storey extension. 16 Oxford Street Belfast BT1 3WH”.

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J3474, 4356 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Tuesday, 11 May, 1993   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 18 November, 2008
Urban regeneration   (more nearby)
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 344 741 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.8619N 5:55.2369W
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Irish: geotagged! J 345 741
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