Belfast Crane Survey 2021
Navigating through adversity
The Crane Survey results this year show that the appetite for new schemes coming forward has remained relatively resilient, primarily driven by developments which were in the pipeline prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The hospitality industry has been acutely affected, with hotel occupancy at record lows and expenditure in local shops and businesses limited to online and takeaway. However, irrespective of COVID-19's short term impact on specific business sectors, the long-term demand to encourage more people to live and work in the regional centre remains.
7 new starts through 2020, representing a fall from the 11 new starts through 2019.
23 developments in the city centre, either under construction or completed during 2020.
11 Grade A office developments were under construction or completed in 2020, amounting to 1.3 million sq ft, over 300,000 sq ft more than the previous year. Approximately two-thirds of new office space remains available to-let.
Residential development continued to be a challenge for the city centre, with no new residential starts recorded through 2020, and only 42 units under construction.
Space available sq ft:
Volume of new starts
Volume under construction
Northern Ireland Office Senior Partner