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Overview

Victoria Square represented an opportunity to regenerate Belfast’s City Centre on a massive scale. It is one of the most complex projects ever constructed in the centre of Belfast with £165m of design and construction work completed over a 3-year period averaging a spend of £4.5m per month. Victoria Square is a mixed use development with including a basement, 65,000m2 of retail space, 115 apartments and leisure facilities including an 8-screen cinema and restaurants. Externally, roads were realigned to incorporate bus routes and drop off points. The whole project was designed to create a covered European street with high quality public spaces including a public viewing gallery within the glazed dome. Current visitor numbers have stabilised at circa 16 million visitors per annum.

Project Team

Client Multi Development Corporation
Architect T+T Design / BDP
Surveyor Cyril Sweett
Mechanical & Electrical BDP

Project Value

project value - £165 million

Awards

  • Urban Regeneration Initiative of the Year Award at the MAPIC EG Retail Awards 2008
  • In-Town Retail Scheme of the Year at the BCSC Annual Gold Awards 2008
  • ‘Most Outstanding Entry’ at the Construction Excellence Awards 2008
  • ReStore Recognition Award at the ICSC 2009 European Conference
  • Commendation in the Best New Large Development Category at the ICSC’s 2009 European Conference
  • MAPIC Retail Future Projects Award (Commendation) 2004
  • Civic Trust Award 2009
  • Northern Ireland Property Awards Commercial Property Development of the Year 2008
  • Best Regeneration Project at the Belfast Awards 2008
  • Best Retail Development 2009 at the Irish Architecture Awards
  • Association of Consulting Engineers 2008
  • Best Car Park Facility Award 2008 presented to Q-Park by the Irish Parking Association

"‘Picking up the urban pattern of streets and spaces, the architects have successfully provided for one of the best new urban spaces in Belfast. The challenge was huge and the design reflects the complexity of the brief, it is more than a shopping centre and it has provided for the sustainable development of the city centre eastwards in an open and refreshing manner. The city has new urban space, which is open, inviting, monumental and architecturally significant’." - Royal Institute of Irish Architects citation – Best retail development.


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