MRP named as partner for Belfast regeneration scheme

3rd August 2023 | Jack Oliver

Northern Ireland’s public transportation provider Translink has named developer MRP as partner for its Weavers Cross Development in Belfast.

The development is set to deliver nearly 1.3 million sq ft of mixed-use space, including provisions for retail and leisure.

Sitting on brownfield land, the development site is located alongside the new Belfast Grand Central Station. Currently under construction and due to open in 2025, the station is set to be the largest sustainable transport hub on the island and is considered the catalyst for the Weavers Cross Development.

Weavers Cross has a development value of £500 million, with MRP now appointed to lead on delivery of private sector investment.

The development has already obtained planning permission from Belfast City Council and is estimated to bring over £1 billion of additional spending to the Northern Ireland economy once completed.

Chris Conway, group chief executive of Translink, said: “The international connectivity which the transport hub will bring, along with an imaginative mixed-use development will create an exciting new city centre neighbourhood that will be a catalyst for economic growth.”

Stephen Surphlis, managing director of MRP, added: “The vision for Weavers Cross is a bold one, marrying world-class urban design that incorporates the very latest sustainable practices to create a new neighbourhood for Belfast that will impact positively on all of Northern Ireland.”

MRP is the deveoper behind The Ewart, an £85m office building in Belfast. Its pipeline of projects includes City Square House, a 140,000 sq ft landmark office building in Leeds. The group has also recently acquired the Liberty House regeneration site in Kensington Olympia, London.


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