Panel think-tank to explore the potential and challenges for Belfast 2035 
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Major event planned for Titanic Hotel on 21 November

The infrastructural challenges facing Belfast over the next two decades are to be explored at a major think-tank event being organised at the city’s new Titanic Hotel on 21 November.

Entitled Belfast 2035 the event will be facilitated by leading local law firm, Cleaver Fulton Rankin which has advised on many aspects of development within the burgeoning Titanic Quarter.

The evening will take the form of a panel discussion involving leading figures from civic society and will be attended by representatives from the local property, development, strategic planning and infrastructure sectors.

Panellists for the evening will be Suzanne Wylie – Chief Executive of Belfast City, John McGrillen, CEO of Tourism Ireland, Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive of NI Transport Holdings Company and Translink and Shane Quinn, Development Officer with the Belfast Buildings Trust.   The discussion will be chaired by Cleaver Fulton Rankin’s Head of Commercial Property, Joe Marley.

Joe Marley says: “We will be exploring what Belfast will or should be like in 2035. We chose 2035 as it ties in nicely with the Council’s proposed Local Development Plan 2020-2035 but as you might imagine we will also be discussing the more immediate challenges and opportunities for the City.

 “Belfast has a lot to be proud of in recent years, having achieved so much in areas such as tourism, inward investment and regeneration and the momentum this has created should form the foundation for tackling the challenges that lie ahead. I firmly believe that our cities have a role to play in driving the wider economy and mitigating the worst effects of challenges such as Brexit. I’m looking forward to exploring this further during the discussion.    

 “Whilst some of the discussion will examine the implications for the commercial property market between now and 2035 we will also be examining a much wider range of topics, including tourism, transport, economic development, regeneration, preservation, social inclusion and of course, Brexit.

 “As a city Belfast has many challenges to overcome in the next few decades, not least in the form of Brexit. There is just no hiding from the fact this is the prominent challenge of the day. Aside from that, we know a city’s prosperity does not necessarily benefit all, and Belfast is no different than any other City in this regard, with inequalities and deprivation in some neighbouring and surrounding areas of Belfast. It will be interesting to hear the panellists’ views on how best to tackle that.”

Joe Marley believes Belfast can draw infrastructure inspiration from other UK cities such as Manchester.

“Manchester is an obvious example but Belfast is an example in itself of what can be achieved. The question is how to build on the successes to date.  Hopefully we will be able to unpack this complex topic between our panellists and guests on 21 November.”

Belfast 2035 takes place in the impressive new Titanic Hotel Belfast in one of the historic Drawing Rooms on Tuesday 21st November. The event will commence with a reception at 6pm, with the panel discussion taking place from 6.30-7pm, followed by a drinks reception and canapés.

Numbers are limited bit there are a few tickets remaining.

To reserve your place please contact