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Belfast City Centre Conservation Area

Location: Belfast
Designation date: 01 May 1998


Belfast City Centre Conservation AreaBelfast’s pre-eminent regional role is given best expression at its centre.  The quality of architecture, the overall scale of the city centre streets and spaces and the range of shops and other services are unrivalled in the province.
The City Centre Conservation area contains within its boundaries much of the High and Late Victorian commercial architecture of a bustling, self-confident town which expanded rapidly in the 19th century from small beginnings to achieve city status in 1888.
The magnificent City Hall and the surrounding architecture of Donegall Square completed this important building phase as the city approached the zenith of its commercial power at the turn of the 20th century.

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While the architectural character and image of today’s city centre were shaped in the 19th century, in terms of street layout and plan form the centre owes mush to Georgian town planning and to the organic layout of the original 17th century and early 18th century town.

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The design guide generally provides information on the planning context, historical development, description or character appraisal of the area, the designation and guidelines for development proposals.

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