Belfast City Council (Lead Partner)
Phone: +44 28 90270559
Belfast is the capital and largest city in Northern Ireland, as well as the second largest city on the island of Ireland. It is the seat of devolved government and legislative of the Northern Ireland Assembly. The city forms part of the largest urban area in Northern Ireland, and the main settlement in the province of Ulster. The city of Belfast has a population of 267,500 and lies at the heart of the Belfast urban area, which has a population of 483,418. Belfast was granted city status in 1888.
Historically, Belfast has been a centre for the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope-making and shipbuilding: the city’s main shipbuilders, Harland and Wolff, which built RMS Titanic, propelled Belfast on to the global stage in the early 20th century as the largest and most productive shipyard in the world. Belfast played a key role in the Industrial Revolution, establishing its place as a global industrial centre until the latter half of the 20th century.
Today, Belfast remains a centre for industry, as well as the arts, higher education and business, a legal centre, and is the economic engine of Northern Ireland. The city suffered greatly during the period of disruption, conflict, and destruction called the Troubles, but has undergone a sustained period of calm, free from the intense political violence of former years, and substantial economic and commercial growth. Belfast City Centre has undergone considerable expansion and regeneration in recent years. It has became a popular tourist destination, with many visitors attracted to both the city’s fascinating history and its enduring spirit of optimism and hope.
The Development Department takes a proactive approach to the strategic development of Belfast City. Its main aim is to play a leading role in establishing Belfast as a beacon city for social, economic, physical and cultural development.
Belfast City Council has yet to identify its Brownfield sites as part of the project implementation and subject the identified area to an agreed, structured procedure in order the come up with valuable recommendations for the management, development and enhancement of those brownfield sites