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The East Bank

The City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy outlines our vision to develop a world-class city centre, one that drives growth across the city and the wider region in order to generate wealth for everyone.

Within the strategy, five special action areas (SAAs) which will be given special attention were identified, including an area described as The East Bank.

East Bank Development Strategy

The regeneration of this area is a key project within the city centre strategy. The East Bank is steeped in the industrial history of Belfast and during the 19th and 20th centuries, heavy industries such as shipbuilding and rope works dominated the area, in particular the Howden Sirocco Works, which forms a significant portion of the 20ha (hectare) or 50 acres of potential development land on the east bank of the Lagan.


Our long-term vision for East Bank is described in the East Bank Development Strategy document.

Our vision for the East Bank is that by 2030, this part of the city will be fully woven into the fabric of the city centre. It will be lively, diverse, accessible and well connected to the city core, the River Lagan, Titanic Quarter and surrounding communities; providing places to live, work and socialise.

The spatial framework of the strategy is based upon five mutually supporting themes, underpinned by the need to protect the environment, promote sustainable development, encourage energy-efficient design, sustainable urban drainage and low carbon initiatives. 

The themes are:

  • encourage sustainable development and respect the natural and historic environment
  • facilitate the optimum development of key sites
  • energise the River Lagan corridor
  • create a connected and legible East Bank
  • make streets and spaces for people.

The East Bank Development Strategy was prepared for us by Ove Arup and Partners International Ltd.

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