The Loft Lines

Where big things are built.

Belfast is known for its shipyards and cranes,

But even BIGGER things are happening in the city.

Big Investment

BIG Investment.

Belfast Region City Deal - £1billion co-investment package to create up to 20,000 jobs and 10 year programme to unlock new innovations and R&D pathways.

Total real estate transactions in Belfast between 2015 and 2020 - £717m across 101 deals and average yields at 6.28%.

Belfast is 7th best city for connectivity (fDi Intelligence) and is one of the best connected regions in Europe.

Belfast is home to PWC and Deloitte’s largest regional offices with over 3000 employees.

In June 2020, Amazon opened a 100,000 sq ft distribution hub in Titanic Quarter.

NI has the highest availability of fibre broadband in the UK. Belfast is the first city in Europe to achieve 100% coverage.

We can send data to the US quicker than any other part of Europe.

Belfast is the most important UK city in relation to regional FDI projects with 79 in 2018-2019. Bristol was second with 50.

Big Development

BIG Development.

Tribeca Belfast - 1.5million sq ft office, residential, hotel, retail, leisure, community - build commencing 2021.

Building Blocks - 235,000 sq ft commercial, co-working space - in planning.

The Sixth - 230.000sq ft commercial - build commencing 2021.

In 2021, Ulster University opened their new 270,000 sq ft Belfast campus bringing 17,000 students, 3000 staff and student accommodation for 1600 - completed Sept 21

Belfast City council target of 66,000 people to live and work in the city and 31,600 additional homes across Belfast by 2035.

A brand new 1m sq ft transport hub called Weaver’s Cross will soon be in place in Belfast city centre. Phase one is currently under construction.

Big Tech

BIG Tech.

Belfast is one of the world’s top destinations for fintech.

Belfast is a world-leading hub for cybersecurity.

fDi Intelligence ranked Belfast 3rd globally for ‘Fintech Locations of the Future 2020.’

In 2021, Belfast was voted the best city in Europe for tech lovers by Zoopla. Rated 3rd in world for fintec by FDi Intelligence and as the best small city in the world for attracting FDI.

Belfast is creating jobs faster than any other part of the UK led by tech sector with 44% of jobs created compared to a UK average of 12%

Big Talent

BIG Talent.

Belfast has one of the youngest populations in Europe with 26% of the population aged 16-34.

Highly educated population with over 40% educated to NVQ level 4 or above.

Belfast has two world class universities - University of Ulster and Queen’s University. 30,240 full time students who study and live in the city.

Big Opportunity

BIG Opportunity.

Belfast is projected to have the second highest population growth in the UK over the next 25 years (at around 5.7%).

More people have moved to Belfast than left over the past five years.

Northern Ireland has the highest population growth in the UK at 0.64% and second highest predicted population growth over the next 25 years in the UK.

Post Brexit Northern Ireland has the only UK land border with the European Union.

NI has retained tariff-free access to the EU and remains in the EU’s single market for goods.

That means NI has dual market access to the UK and Europe. Belfast has one of the lowest occupational and operational costs in the UK and access to best in class ICT infrastructure.

Belfast is host to a thriving filming industry with major productions like The School for Good, Line of Duty and Game of Thrones being filmed in Harbour Studios, only a short distance from The Loft Lines.

Big Location

BIG Location.

Titanic Quarter is part of the innovation and technology district in the city.

Titanic Museum was voted the world’s leading tourist attraction in the World Travel Awards 2016.

Belfast has been named one of the top cities to live and work in the UK and 5th best city in UK for quality of lifestyle.

Belfast awarded the best city in the UK to start a new business according to Hitachi Capital Invoice Finance in 2021.

Over 2.2m people visit Northern Ireland every year. Tourism is worth over £1billion to the NI economy.

Belfast City Council have created a resilience strategy to reduce its carbon footprint with 30 key programmes over next 10 years.

New Belfast Destination Hub will be built to complement Titanic Museum as a second major tourist attraction in Belfast city centre.

Over 5000 new hotel bedrooms have been built in Belfast since 2018.