J3474 : Former "Sirocco" wall, Belfast

taken 13 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

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Former "Sirocco" wall, Belfast
Former "Sirocco" wall, Belfast
Part of a wall at Bridge End – one of two remaining bits of the old Sirocco Works (background in J3474 : Pre-Laganside view, Belfast). The other is the preserved chimney J3474 : The Sirocco chimney, Belfast. The site was to have been redeveloped as the “Sirocco Quays”.
Belfast Waterfront (formerly Sirocco Quays) development

Sirocco Quays is a redevelopment of the old Davison’s Sirocco Engineering Works bounded by Short Strand, Bridge End and the Lagan. The site extends to 16 acres and the entire project is expected to take some 10 years to complete. It is intended to include 2,000 apartments, a hotel, supermarket and other shops, offices, leisure facilities, a care home for the elderly, doctor’s surgery and open space.

Note added 28 September 2011. There has not been any progress on the scheme. An administrator was appointed to the development company.

Amendment 27 May 2018. With the site, sold the new owner’s proposals for the future development of the site are starting to emerge. Re-named from Sirocco Quays to “Belfast Waterside”.
The developer’s website comments “Earlier this year, Swinford (Sirocco) Ltd unveiled new plans for the £400 million regeneration of the riverfront site. Following extensive consultation with communities and other city stakeholders, a new masterplan application is being proposed: Emphasising the opportunity of the riverfront with new piers, pontoons and moorings for leisure activities. Introducing new uses for community and cultural space, alongside plans for a hotel, cafes, bars, retail and restaurants. Reducing overall heights across the site, with lower buildings by the riverfront and chimney. Connecting the East Bank into the City Centre Proposals for the 16-acre site will include a landmark pedestrian and cycle footbridge creating a new connection from the city core to the east of the city. The bridge and masterplan will emphasise the re-integration of the East Bank with the rest of the city. In so doing it will help to link the whole East Belfast community with the city centre”.
There is now the following application (16 February 2018) for planning permission “LA04/2018/0448/F Erection of 13 storey Grade A office building with ground floor and mezzanine café/bar/restaurant uses (sui generis), lobby/reception area, basement and deck car parking, servicing (refuse/recycling/cycle storage/changing facilities), landscaping/public realm works, introduction of temporary pedestrian/cycle access to riverfront, associated access arrangements to Short Strand and Bridge End and other associated infrastructural works Lands at former Sirocco Works Short Strand and adjacent to Bridge End and the River Lagan Belfast”.

“14 Aug 2018 Two major new Belfast office developments worth a combined £70 million received the green light from Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee this evening.
Members approved proposals for the £50m first phase of the landmark Belfast Waterside development and the £20m 11-storey Graham House development on Albert Square in the city centre.
 The Belfast Waterside 28,476 sqm Grade A office scheme will bring an initial £50m investment and deliver the first major employment activity at the former Howden Sirocco site in almost 20 years, accommodating up to 2,500 employees.
A 13 storey office accommodation building, including a retail unit on the ground floor alongside café and restaurant units, will be the first step in creating modern workspace for 11.5 per cent of the 46,000 new jobs that Belfast City Council is seeking to create by 2035 as part of the Belfast Agenda. The plan also includes landscaping and public realm works, a pocket park and pedestrian and cycle access” - Belfast City Council statement. This approval does not appear (16 March 2019) on the NI Planning Portal.

My photographs appear as a matter of neutral record only. I have no connection with the site, developer or any group opposed to the development and have no opinion about its future. I cannot enter into correspondence.

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J3474, 4356 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Wednesday, 28 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 28 September, 2011
Geographical Context
City, Town centre  Derelict, Disused  Industry 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 347 744 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.9910N 5:54.9053W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 348 744
View Direction
WEST (about 270 degrees)
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