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The Laganside Corporation is a public body formed by the Laganside Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 with the goal of regenerating large sections of land in Greater Belfast, Northern Ireland adjacent to the River Lagan. This development area was expanded in 1996 to include areas closer to the city centre. Image File history File links Laganside-Logo-pro. ... Belfast (Béal Feirste in Irish) is a city in the United Kingdom. ... Dieu et mon droit (Royal motto) (French for God and my right)2 Northern Irelands location within the UK Official languages None3 Main languages English, Irish, Ulster Scots Capital and largest city Belfast First Minister Office suspended Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Hain MP Area  - Total Ranked... The River Lagan is a major river in Northern Ireland which runs 40 miles (60 km) from the Slieve Croob mountain in County Down to Belfast where it enters Belfast Lough, an inlet of the Irish Sea. ...


The Lagan riverside suffered in particular from poor environmental conditions and the decline of the shipbuilding industry in the 1970s and 80s. Men from Francisco de Orellanas expedition building a small brigantine, the San Pedro, to be used in the search for food Shipbuilding is the construction of ships. ...


The success of the Corporation is exemplified not only by its own undertakings but also by the regeneration of areas surrounding its development area, that is areas for which it has no responsibility. The primary example of this is the Victoria Square shopping development, one of Europe’s biggest commercial developments. World map showing Europe Europe is conventionally considered one of the seven continents which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiogeographic one. ...


As an example of the areas growing importance to the city; BBC Northern Ireland use Laganside (specifically the river around Lanyon Place and Mays Meadow) as the backdrop for their local news bulletins, BBC Newsline. BBC Northern Ireland (sometimes called BBC NI) is a radio and television broadcaster in Northern Ireland. ... The BBC Newsline ident BBC Newsline Studio Shot BBC Newsline is the BBCs regional television news service for Northern Ireland. ...


Objectives

Regeneration of designated areas by:

  • bringing land and buildings into use
  • encouraging investment and development of commerce and both existing and new industry
  • creating an attractive environment
  • encouraging people to live and work in the area by providing sufficient homes, recreational and cultural facilities
  • contribute to the development of a positive international image of the city to encourage investment and tourism.

Developments

Lagan Weir, the catalyst for redevelopment of Laganside
Lagan Weir, the catalyst for redevelopment of Laganside
  • Lagan Weir
    The Lagan Weir, completed in 1994, is a weir built across the Lagan between the Queen Elizabeth Bridge and the M3 bridge (completed around the same time). The Lagan Weir was jointly funded by the Corporation and the European Commission. The objective of the structure is to keep the level of the river artificially constant, as it is a tidal river the level of the water varied up to three metres between high and low tide. This exposed mudflats which were unsightly and emitted a strong odour, particularly in the summer months. The transformation of the riverside by the construction of the weir has been a catalyst for development along the riverside. Another part of the project is the “Lagan Lookout” centre which explains the history and function of the weir as well as the history of the Lagan itself.
  • Lanyon Place
    Lanyon Place is in many ways the flagship development of the Corporation. The Waterfront Hall is located on the site as well as the BT Tower (BT’s Northern Ireland HQ) and the 5-star Hilton Hotel. The Lanyon Quay building was added recently. The development is named after architect Charles Lanyon.
  • Odyssey
    The Odyssey development was Northern Ireland main “Millennium Project.” A budget of £92 million was established; 49% funded by the Millennium Commission, 11% by the Laganside Corporation, 18.5% by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, 18.5% by the Sheridan Group and 3.3% by the Sports Council. Completed in 2001 facilities include:
  • Gasworks
    This is a redevelopment of the city's former Gasworks by Belfast City Council and Laganside Corporation. The development has retained much of the buildings of the gasworks which was closed in 1988, including the "Klondyke Building" which lines the Ormeau Road and its restored clock tower. The area between this and the Lagan has been cleared, and the site's massive gas holders (once the largest in the world) have been removed. The landmark tenant is the £45 million Halifax call centre building. Other tenants at the site include:
    • Radisson SAS Hotel
    • BBC Technology
    • Department for Social Development
    • Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland - ironically, the site does not provide parking for customers wishing to tax their vehicles.
  • Clarendon Dock
    The first site to be completed, this has become a major business park as well as home to the Corporation.
  • Mays Meadow
    This site, adjacent to Lanyon Place, has two major financial institutions, an Abbey call centre and the local headquarters of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
  • Donegall Quay and "The Quays"
    Donegall Quay is a road linking Oxford Street to Corporation Square. The quay itself is located north of the Lagan Weir, between it and the M3 bridge. In February 2005 Laganside announced the development of 26-storey residential tower, an eight-storey hotel and a seven-storey office building at Donegall Quay beside the Customs House. The tower will be Northern Ireland's tallest building.
  • Custom House Square
    The Custom House Square, including the historic Custom House, is intended to improve the link between Laganside and the city centre.
  • Cathedral Quarter
    The area around St Anne's Cathedral is intended to be an important cultural centre.
  • Sirocco Ropeworks
    This area is a proposed residential and commercial development opposite Mays Meadow and Lanyon Place. This 16 acre (65,000 m²) site is one of the last large undeveloped areas in the Laganside area. Howden Sirocco founded the largest ropeworks in the world.

Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x372, 51 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (970x372, 51 KB) File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The bridge and weir mechanism at Sturminster Newton on the River Stour, Dorset. ... The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive body of the European Union. ... BT Group plc (formerly known as British Telecommunications) which trades as BT (and previously as British Telecom) is the privatised former UK state telecommunications operator . ... The Hilton Hotel chain is owned by Hilton Hotels Corporation and is based in Beverly Hills, California. ... Portrait of Charles Lanyon Sir Charles Lanyon (1813 to 1889) was an English architect of the 19th Century. ... For other uses see Odyssey (disambiguation) The Odyssey is a large sports and entertainment centre in the city of Belfast. ... -1... Vue is a cinema company in the UK and Republic of Ireland. ... IMAX theatre at the Melbourne Museum complex. ... League: British Elite Ice Hockey League Founded: 2000 Home Ice: Odyssey Arena Capacity: 7500 Ice Size: 197ft x 98ft City: Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Colours: White, Red, and Teal Head Coach: Ed Courtenay Ownership: Albert Masland, Jim Yaworski, Jim Gillespie, John Elliott The Belfast Giants are an ice hockey... Belfast City Council is the largest local council serving the largest city in Northern Ireland which has a population of 277,391. ... The Halifax bank (then Halifax plc) was created in the mid-1990s when the Halifax Building Society was demutualised and shares were sold on the London Stock Exchange. ... Radisson Hotels & Resorts is the name of a hotel chain. ... Abbey Head office. ... PricewaterhouseCoopers (or PwC) is the worlds largest professional services firm. ...

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Laganside Corporation Information (759 words)
Laganside Corporation is a public body formed by the Laganside Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 with the goal of regenerating large sections of land in Greater Belfast, Northern Ireland adjacent to the River Lagan.
Lagan Weir, the catalyst for redevelopment of Laganside
This is a redevelopment of the city's former Gasworks by Belfast City Council and Laganside Corporation.
InternationalReports.net : Northern Ireland 2002 (843 words)
According to the brochure's copy, this project, to be managed by the Laganside Corporation, would mark the beginning of the complete transformation of Belfast -- from a badly aging industrial has-been, to a completely modern and vibrant metropolis.
Laganside also regularly sponsors community events, festivals and exhibitions, which take place in the Laganside area to ensure that neighboring communities are always aware that the Laganside development is for them and for their city.
Perhaps Laganside’s affable marketing director, Doug Garrett said it best when, commenting on the change in the way Belfast people now look upon their riverfront, he noted, “In the old days, anyone who lived near or alongside the river would brick up their windows, so depressing was the view.
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