Royal Exchange Location City: Belfast, UK

Mixed Use, Retail, Leisure, Office
Masterplanning, Architecture
Castlebrooke Investments


Belfast's largest city centre regeneration project

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Key Info

Shops, bars, restaurants, offices and other amenities
136,000m² GBA
Planning application submitted

Transforming a key part of Belfast city centre

The development is a planned £400m urban regeneration of a prime site in the north-east quarter of Belfast City Centre.  This is a major mixed-use city centre scheme with a total area of 136,000m², the largest-ever single redevelopment in Belfast city centre.  

Sensitive regeneration of the existing urban fabric

Chapman Taylor was appointed by Castlebrooke Investments to develop a world-class, retail-led, mixed-use scheme, which will include premium brand shops, bars, cafés and offices, with a hotel and residential apartments at the upper levels. The development is set in a framework of new pedestrianised streets and squares, which will transform the 12-acre site. 

Working with local heritage architects Consarc Design, the plan includes the retention and refurbishment of a number of listed and non-listed buildings and façades, and the proposals seek to preserve and enhance the setting of these buildings and their historical importance for the city centre.

New public realm in an historic setting

New landscaped public realm links Belfast Cathedral with the historic Royal Avenue, including shared-space streets and squares which create a new sense of place. 

Chapman Taylor is lead architect on the project, working from masterplan concept stage through to delivery.

The overall project will create 900 construction jobs and is expected to take up to five years to complete.

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