Creative ideas welcomed to open up Lanyon Tunnels
Belfast City Council is seeking innovative ideas to help bring a network of disused railway tunnels back into use.
The council wants to hear from groups, companies and retailers interested in taking up space within the Lanyon Tunnels which run below East Bridge Street in the city centre.
The eight railway arches connect the Markets area with Belfast Central Station, St George’s Market and Lanyon Place. Originally used by traders as holding pens for cattle on their way to the slaughterhouse in nearby Stewart Street, they have not been used for over 70 years.
An initial expression of interest process is now underway for potential units within the site, with ideas invited by Wednesday 17 February 2016.
“These tunnels are right at the heart of two of the city’s biggest redevelopment projects – the expansion of Belfast Waterfront and the addition of Grade A office space on the former Maysfield Leisure Centre site,” explains Councillor Declan Boyle, Chair of the council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee.
“Their refurbishment could improve access within this key area, as well as connecting the local community to the many opportunities being created right on their doorstep.
“This is a really exciting opportunity for entrepreneurs and creative thinkers to help turn a derelict and neglected space into something innovative, as well as potentially bringing new jobs and other benefits to the city centre.”
Funding is being sought to undertake the refurbishment work needed to open up the tunnels, and make them suitable for potential retail, light industrial, office or leisure use.
Following refurbishment, it is anticipated that units will then be made available to prospective tenants on a lease or licence basis.
To express an interest, or to request an information pack, call 028 9032 0202 (extension 3515) or visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/regeneration
Artists impression of how the Lanyon Tunnels could look following refurbishment and fit out.
Belfast City Council wants to hear from groups, companies and retailers interested in taking up space within the eight derelict tunnels, which run below East Bridge Street, connecting the Markets area with the city centre.
The closing date for expressions of interest in potential units, suitable for retail, light industrial, office or leisure use, is Wednesday 17 February.