Belfast City Council seeks views on new visitor attraction opening in 2028

Belfast residents have been asked for their views on a new visitor attraction opening in the city in 2028.

he Belfast Stories development was announced in December 2021, and is to be the flagship tourism project of the Belfast Region City Deal.

Parts of the attraction are to be housed in one of Belfast’s most iconic heritage buildings – the art deco former Bank of Ireland building on Royal Avenue.

It was acquired by Belfast City Council along with the 5,000 sq metres site.

Before the initial design stage gets underway, members of the public have been asked to share their views on the outline concepts for the building and what they would like to see represented in Belfast Stories.

Launching the consultation, Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Tina Black said: “This really is a project like no other; it will only be a success if the people of Belfast feel that it belongs to them and they can see themselves and their stories reflected.

“While our ambition is to create a world-class tourism destination, this is a very personal project for Belfast because it’s about people and their stories. These stories are priceless, and this project is about creating a home for those stories, gathering the untold tales and celebrating the unsung heroes of our city.

“It’s a really exciting project and one which is going to have massive regeneration benefits for the city and the entire region’s tourism economy.

She added: “So, we want people to be involved from the outset, to have their say and help shape how this project is developed so that they see their input and ideas reflected in the finished product.”

The consultation is now running until mid-November, and will include an online survey and a series of workshops and feedback sessions across the city.

There will also be an opportunity to see inside the Bank of Ireland building and to hear more about the proposed plans.

There will also be opportunities to get a site visit and see inside the Bank of Ireland building to hear more about the proposed plans.

The next stage of the development will be a 2023 programme to gather stories which reflect the past, present and future of the city.

Councillor Black added: “I would say to everyone, if you don’t already know about this project, please visit the Council’s website to find out more, join in the conversations including social media, and have your say.”

The public consultation is open until November 14 and can be found online at this location.

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