Our Landscape planning and design team successfully delivered a Townscape and Visual Impact Statement for the largest office building in Northern Ireland, the 12-storey Bankmore Square development in Belfast.
The Townscape and Visual Impact Statement confirmed the acceptability of the proposals and the benefits that it would bring, including in terms of the legibility of the wider townscape at the meeting point of key townscape corridors and enhancing the public realm of Bankmore Square.
Belfast City Council accepted the report, which said the scheme would create a positive new focal point in the view of the skyline. The proposals would create a strong sense of arrival on approaching the southern edge of the city centre by foot along Dublin Road and a legible signpost of the nodal point at the Dublin Road.
The Statement also stated that the scheme re-asserted a built townscape with positive frontages and human interest, in place of the blank appearance of the cinema and would lessen the dominance of the adjacent multi-storey car park and enhance the relationship with the public realm of Bankmore Square.
Work on the townscape and visual statement involved identifying the landscape and townscape characteristics of the site as well as its wider context to assess the visual effects of new development proposals.
The Bankmore Square building will have enough space to accommodate up to 3,000 office workers across its 12 floors. Each single floor plate will comprise of 25,000 square feet of net useable space. The scheme is also proposed to be used for public art exhibitions and an outdoor cinema.
- Bankmore Square will be the largest office building in Northern Ireland
- The building will accommodate 3,000 workers
- The Square will also be used for public art exhibitions and an outdoor cinema
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