Belfast City – A Walk Along The River Lagan (American tourist on bridge)
Belfast City   A Walk Along The River Lagan (American tourist on bridge)

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Following years of neglect and decline Belfast’s waterfront has been transformed, becoming a focus for business, leisure and cultural activities and a place of opportunity for all. Laganside Corporation (1989 – 2007) received international recognition as a regeneration agency for its achievement in successfully turning the vision of the Laganside area as an exciting place to live, work and play into a reality. This success is reflected in the ongoing momentum for development with the waterfront becoming an integral part of Belfast’s city centre.

Over 4km of riverside pathways exist within Laganside, allowing easy access from the heart of the city to the wide-open spaces of Lagan Valley Regional Park. These pathways form part of the Sustrans National Millennium Cycle Network, a new map of which is available from the Lagan Lookout Visitor Centre, and have been used for a variety of events including Laganside’s 10k race, cycle fun days, story telling and mural painting.

The Gasworks Is One Of Belfast’s Most Famous Landmarks
The Gasworks Is One Of Belfast’s Most Famous Landmarks

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[Note: I plan to visit belfast at the end of May and am looking for suggestions as to what I should photography]

History

Work began on a gas making industry in 1822 on a site near Cromac dock, on ground owned by the Marquis of Donegall.

For over 150 years the Gasworks was the central power source for the rapid economic growth that put Belfast at the heart of Victorian commerce.

Coal gas created on the site powered the city’s street lights and the huge number of factories that were central to the city’s economic success at the time. Its profits were the major source of funding for building Belfast City Hall. By the end of the Second World War 120,000 customers were being supplied with gas.

By the 1960s, production had declined and the site stopped gas production in 1985.

The land was subsequently purchased by Belfast City Council in co-operation with the government and the Laganside Corporation. At that point, the land was heavily contaminated and unsuitable for most uses. The council, with funding from the European Union, undertook major work to turn this derelict and heavily polluted city centre Brownfield site into a modern business park. The redevelopment won the 1998 RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) Award for Reclamation.

The park hosts a wide range of enterprises including a 132 Radisson SAS hotel, the Halifax Centre, shops, small enterprise workshops, own-door offices, purpose-built business units. Currently, some 2,500 people work there.