TODD Architects has submitted a planning application for 780 new Build to Rent homes at Queen’s Island in the heart of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. On approval, the multimillion pound scheme – known as The Loft Lines – will become one of the largest new residential construction projects in the UK. The new scheme forms part of Belfast’s wider ambition to deliver over 31,500 new homes in the city by 2035.
The Loft Lines is being delivered by Lacuna Developments and Watkin Jones Group in partnership with Titanic Quarter Limited and Belfast Harbour. The new scheme will comprise an integrated mix of private rented, social and affordable apartment homes – with 20% being housing association homes.
The scheme aims to deliver a level of residential amenities unseen in Belfast so far. The planning proposals include gyms, sports and recreational spaces, resident lounges, flexible working space, private dining spaces, games rooms, cinema rooms and children’s play areas. The development will be fully managed with wifi and amenities included in the rent.
“The Loft Lines will be a fantastic place to live and a major draw for people to the Titanic Quarter, as well as help to cement Belfast’s fast-growing reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic cities.
“The places we build are designed to generate long-term value for the community over many decades and I’m thrilled at the prospect of seeing people make their home here.”Alex Pease, Chief Investment Officer, Watkin Jones Group
The 3.8-acre site will include three apartments buildings enclosing a one-acre public park. Designed by TODD Architects, the scheme will create a new community; a place for residents and visitors to enjoy – with green space, the water’s edge promenade and urban walkways which will be prioritised over cars and roads. The buildings at The Loft Lines will draw reference from Belfast’s industrial past and distinctive docklands rooflines to reflect the history of ship building and fabrication that once resonated on the site.
“Whilst our design for The Loft Lines respects the important industrial heritage of the site, it also looks to the future of urban living, creating a vibrant lifestyle-first community that encourages sustainable and healthy living.
“This new riverside community says everything about Belfast’s confidence and ambition, and we are proud to play a continuing role in the development of this evolving city. Thanks to our clients Lacuna Developments and Watkin Jones Group for their vision and the exciting brief, as well as the constructive support from Belfast City Council during pre-application discussions for this important regeneration project.”Andrew Murray, Director, TODD Architects