Belfast – Queen’s Quay Feasibility Study

15 February 2001 | blog, cities, frameworks, place making, strategy, tourism

Belfast - Queen's Quay Feasibility - Queen's Quay Proposal

EDAW was commissioned by Laganside Corporation in January 2001 to undertake a Queen’s Quay Feasibility Study and development framework for the Station Street/Queens Quay area of Eastbank. This follows on from the Eastbank Regeneration Strategy produced in April 2000.

This is a narrow development strip, prominently located but hemmed in by roads and motorway infrastructure. It is also on the main route to the Odyssey – a major investment in the cultural and recreational infrastructure of the city. Reworking of the roads infrastructure was seen as a key part of the design framework together with riverside footpaths, development which engaged with the river and also helped to create a comfortable street environment.

The general study area extends to 4.8 hectares of Eastbank bounded by the River Lagan in the west, Bridge End in the south, Dalton Street in the east and the M3 to the north. The main focus is on four potential development sites totalling 1.22 hectares. The main requirements of the brief for the Queen’s Quay Feasibility were to:

  • prepare a development framework for the area in the context of the Eastbank Regeneration Strategy focusing on Queens Quay and Station Street
  • assess potential development opportunities resulting from the removal of the Station Street flyover
    promote a clear gateway to the Odyssey
  • establish Queens Quay as a distinctive place on the River Lagan and a focus for investment

This report summarises our analysis and conclusions from the main tasks that were undertaken namely:

  • a summary of the Eastbank strategic and urban design context
    aspirations for Queens Quay
  • detailed site appraisal, visual and urban design analysis
  • comparative configurations and proposal themes for the development of the area
    Queens Quay Proposals

Queen’s Quay, Belfast Photogallery

Willie Miller, the founder and principal of WMUD, died on 12th January 2021 after a short illness. Willie was a much-loved husband and father and had a huge circle of friends  and professional colleagues. He was a multi-talented urban designer whose work had a major impact on hundreds of cities, towns and neighbourhoods throughout the UK and over the past 25 years. He also worked in Ireland, the Channel Islands and the USA.

Ines Triebel has been with WMUD since 2005, and she will continue the practice, drawing on her skills as a planner and designer. Ines has worked on place strategies, masterplans, policy guidance, regeneration and development frameworks, and the design of public realm and streetscape projects. She has extensive experience of working with communities, including charrettes.

WMUD will continue its long-standing strategic partnerships with Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning, Kevin Murray Associates, icecream architecture, yellow book and others. Please direct inquiries to Ines at [email protected] or contact any of the practices named above.