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Sustainable regeneration at Giant's Park

Belfast City Council's Giant's Park is a trail blazing regeneration initiative, to transform a closed waste landfill site into innovative environmental resource park. 

Located on the shores of Belfast Lough, Giant's Park, comprising 340 acres, is the largest regeneration site in Belfast. As Belfast's first Environmental Resource Park, the site offers significant potential to deliver jobs and demonstrates Belfast City Council's commitment towards the green economy and building a resilient city of the future. 

With funding from the Council's physical investment programme, Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) the Council has transformed this former landfill site into Belfast’s largest regeneration site. This £9 million investment has acted as a catalyst for further investment on the site:

Belfast Harbour Studios

Belfast Harbour opened a £20 million film studio complex on the site in 2017. 

Giant's Park

Belfast Harbour Studios stretches over seven acres and includes:

  • two film studios and sound stages of approximately 33,000 square feet each
  • two workshop buildings of approximately 11,000 square feet each
  • three-storey 37,000 square feet office and production building.

In June 2017, the Superman prequel KRYPTON, produced for the SYFY channel, was confirmed as the first production to be housed in the studios.

Commercial leisure led, mixed use

The Council has agreed initial proposals to regenerate 250 acres of the site into a major visitor attraction for the city.  The proposed £93 million investment by Giant’s Park Belfast Ltd, will create four distinct zones or hubs:

  • a welcome hub
  • a leisure and sports innovation hub
  • an adventure hub
  • a theme part hub.

The project, which is due to complete by 2026, will bring jobs to the local and wider area, both through the development phase and upon completion.

Additional investment

In September 2018, council approved the lease of two sites within Giant’s Park for:

  • A £27 million investment to develop a data centre to support the digital economy.
  • A £20 million investment to construct an anaerobic digestion facility to generate and export electricity for organic waste.

Sustainable Credentials

Bringing together companies working in renewable energy, recycling and other environmental technologies the Environmental Resource Park will develop an innovative cleantech business cluster, the first of its kind here. It has the potential to make Northern Ireland a world leader in investment in the environmental technology sector and which could act as a catalyst for further economic growth. This will represent a win-win for both the environment and the local econonmy, as well as delivering social benefits if the leisure and adventure facilities develop as planned.

Further plans

The Council plan to promote development opportunities to companies working in renewable energy, solar power, recycling and other environmental technologies, who are keen to invest in Belfast and take advantage of the strong local skills base, accessible location and growing clean-tech sector. The project has the potential to create up to 400 green collar jobs, as well as training opportunities, in the environmental, renewable energy and innovative waste management fields that will make a real difference in strengthening the City's economic future.

Find out more about Giant's Park Environmental Resource Park.