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Making up for lost time: Belfast’s regeneration

Front and centre of some of the biggest regeneration initiatives in Belfast

Belfast is a city trying to make up for lost time. It is putting itself on the map for the right reasons, not least in competing with other major UK and Irish cities for investment. A reformed local government with enhanced powers is trying to make the city great again, and Deloitte is front and centre of some of the biggest regeneration initiatives in the city. Jackie Henry, head of Deloitte in Northern Ireland, has chaired a private sector group of senior investors and influencers working in parallel with local government in repositioning the city and attracting investment. This included leading a 30-strong business delegation that is taking Belfast’s new narrative and investment potential out onto the world stage, including to MIPIM, the international property development conference. Our team has designed an innovative investment fund for the City Council that’s helping shape future investment within the city centre.

The team has also brokered a regeneration plan between government, Ulster University and local communities, set to benefit deprived communities neighbouring the £250 million Ulster University campus development. The university’s vice-chancellor, himself an expert in regeneration, highlighted how “rigorous and impactful” this work has been. Meanwhile, we’ve also continued our work supporting regeneration in the Titanic Quarter. This support has helped secure the start of the building and restoration work on an exciting heritage hotel using the former headquarters of Harland & Wolff Shipbuilders, including the beautiful Drawing Offices in which the Titanic was designed. The Deloitte team is proud to be part of the new story for Belfast.

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