DfC have identified specific areas of Belfast City Centre for which investment of public realm regeneration is deemed necessary to support social, environmental and economic growth. The project is entitled The Five Cs Public Realm Scheme.
The Five Cs Project area comprises College Court, College Street (from Queen Street to College Avenue), College Avenue (east side from King Street to College Street), Callender Street and Chichester Street (excluding previously improved paving from Arthur Street to Victoria Street).This project shall comprise of public realm enhancement. It will include improvements to surfacing, lighting, landscaping, street furniture, public art and all associated works within the project area to deliver high quality streetscape that will contribute positively to the economic, environmental and social viability of the city.
The following are specific objectives for the project:
The Five Cs Project is a Public Realm scheme which aims to enhance several areas within Belfast city centre which have recently seen, or will soon see, significant private sector investment in surrounding buildings, but where the streetscape is poor and in need of upgrading.
Improving the public realm is a key part of any regeneration programme, and in doing so, DfC seek to encourage an active city centre. DfC have previously successfully implemented city centre schemes on this basis, notably within Belfast: Streets Ahead Programme.
The success of previously completed Public Realm Projects has highlighted the need for intervention in adjacent areas of the city, which provide linkage to previously enhanced areas. The Five Cs comprises such areas within which transformational improvement is necessary.
A high quality Public Realm Project will increase the user perception of the area, enhance pedestrian experience and potentially stimulate investment in adjacent properties.
To date, we have undertaken several design forum workshops with Key Stakeholders on potential options across the scheme. Key Stakeholders include statutory, lobby and user groups who represent those whom the existence, maintenance, operation of the completed works will have the most significant impact. The feedback received has allowed the Key Stakeholders opportunity the opportunity to influence and shape the public realm improvements. Our next stage is to open our design to you the stakeholders for your review and critique. We are undertaking a 12 week public consultation period where we welcome your comments on what you feel you like about the proposals and communicate further matters to maximise the potential impact of the scheme.