Translink calls for stories to celebrate local heritage as part of the Belfast Transport Hub plans

Translink is committed to preserving and celebrating the stories that tell the history and heritage of the area surrounding the new Belfast Transport Hub at Weavers Cross. Located beside the current Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Station, this NI Executive flagship project will be a catalyst for regeneration, and it is planned to place public art at the heart of these urban transformation plans.

The new multi-modal transport hub will incorporate a significant public realm improvement scheme creating an attractive new gateway for Belfast and Northern Ireland. A new accessible public space, Saltwater Square, will further enhance the passenger experience and help reimagine the area for all who work, live, invest and travel.

Translink, in keeping with their ongoing engagement work with local communities and stakeholders, has teamed up with locally based Arts Coordinator, Haller Clarke, to deliver a bespoke Arts and Heritage programme.  Calling on the inspiration of people to share their stories, they hope to capture key themes that will represent the unique character and spirit of local people and their surroundings.

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive said,

“This consultation marks a further milestone in this exciting project for the city. We recognise that public art has many economic and social wellbeing benefits for society. This project creates the unique opportunity to combine art with design, engineering, construction, architecture and landscaping to showcase the history and future aspirations of the area.

“Everyone’s story will be important, so it is vital we capture the key themes so they can help inform the overall design of the project and its public realm from an early stage.

“We look forward to receiving the feedback. As the Transport Hub and Saltwater Square emerges over the coming years, it will be an opportunity for the millions of people who will arrive and depart from this destination to appreciate the diversity and great wealth of heritage that lives at the heart of this place”, Chris concluded

If you have a story relating to industrial heritage, transportation, the natural and built environments, we’d love to hear it. Equally you may want to share a story about a local personality, an event in your community, a specific time in history or your aspirations for the future.  Please submit your story of no more than 500 words along with the story’s title and theme to no later than 10th July  . Please include your contact details so we can get back to you if we require additional information.