Belfast Gasworks to revamp outdoor facilities

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A leading tech company in Belfast’s Gasworks Park is to get a facelift with new outdoor leisure facilities.

FinTrU, the technology solutions company that works for investment banks and is located next to the entrance gates to the historic site, has been given the green light by Belfast City Council for a number of exterior upgrades, including new pedestrian walkways, a table tennis area, and the transformation of parking spaces for cars into spaces for bicycles.

Elected members of the council’s latest planning committee accepted a request from FinTrU “to improve the external environment”.

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The town planning report indicates: “The work will lead to the loss of three parking spaces to allow an area for several seats, and a leisure area, indicates the applicant, for table tennis. The proposal will also introduce a new footpath to facilitate pedestrian circulation around the site, providing better connectivity.

“The proposal will see the consolidation of the service plant structures and the creation of additional storage space for bicycle parking, which will be surrounded by a charred timber and green roof structure.

“The proposal also includes the introduction of two charging stations for electric vehicles. The proposal also includes bedding planters that will help soften the surrounding area.

He adds: “The loss of three spaces and the replacement with 14 bicycle parking spaces is part of the current trend to reduce car use and provide means to encourage more sustainable modes of transport. The proposal will therefore not cause any major problems with regard to parking and traffic.

None of the statutory consultees opposed the proposal. The site is located between a new office building and a listed building which was used in the former gasworks.

The report states: “Council has sought advice from the Historic Environment Division. HED’s Listed Buildings and Listed Monuments section has advised that the proposal will have no impact on the listed building or monuments.

The site is an open public space containing plant beds, walkways and parking spaces on the redeveloped gasworks site. Although it largely houses office suites, along with a hotel, it has become a point of connectivity between the Lagan towpath and the town centre.

The recently approved bridge connecting Ormeau Park to the Gasworks, which will be completed by 2025, will only increase the flow of pedestrian traffic through the Gasworks.

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