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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Library Square, Belfast Public Realm Consultation

The Department for Social Development, Benoy, Peter Brett Associates and Drivers Jonas Deloitte have developed a public realm scheme over the past six months with key stakeholders for Library Square, Belfast. 

The space is located at the junction of Library Street and Royal Avenue near Central Library and the University of Ulster. With proximity to these civic buildings in mind the designers intends to reflect a communications and learning theme. The team intend to promote the use of media and social connectivity by providing public access to wireless internet and installing a media wall to the side of Central Library. 

Library Square Public Realm Scheme. Credit: DSD.

Delivery of the project is subject to approval for the business case, available funding and obtaining statutory planning permission. The estimated build cost for the project is £3m.

A public exhibition will be held in Belfast Central Library (21st - 25th January 2013) and the University of Ulster’s York Street Campus (28th January - 1st February 2013) at which DSD invites comments on the proposed new square.

You can also comment via email at librarysquare@dsdni.gov.uk. The closing date for comments is 22nd February 2013 at 12 noon.

Following the public consultation, consideration of comments received and equality screening exercise, DSD intends to take the design concept forward as a planning application.

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