The Belfast Crane Survey 2017

Building momentum

Belfast is certainly on an upward trajectory, as evidenced by the rapidly increasing number of cranes which are dotting the city’s skyline. Investment in the city is coming forward despite uncertain economic currents both nationally and internationally. Given Belfast’s ambitions, it is the right time to review the physical development across the city in our inaugural Belfast Crane Survey.

This report provides an in-depth study of the ongoing development activity in Belfast to analyse whether the confidence of city leaders and the feel-good atmosphere in the city is translating into developments on the ground.

The key findings show:

  • 30 schemes in total - Eleven development schemes completed during 2016, with 19 schemes currently under construction
  • 573,527 sq ft of office space to be completed by 2018
  • More than 1,000 new hotel rooms to boost Belfast tourism offer by 2018
  • 2,500 student bed spaces under construction in advance of Ulster University Belfast campus expansion
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Explore our findings

City Core
Titanic Quarter
Transport Hub
Inner North
Southern Fringe

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About Deloitte Regional Crane Surveys

The Deloitte Regional Crane Survey reports on development activity, examining the key sectors and external market factors influencing City Centre construction.

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