Plans worth £140 million to transform a 250-acre area of Giant’s Park have been approved by Belfast City Council's strategic policy and resources committee and authorised by full council in early September.
Giant's Park is a former landfill and the city's largest development site. It opened for business in May 2017, and takes its name from the Cave Hill area's association with author Jonathan Swift's book Gulliver's Travels.
The chosen portion of Giant's Park, North Foreshore, will be regenerated with a commercial leisure and mixed-use development under the proposals.
The lease of two sites was agreed for a proposed £27m data centre and a £20m anaerobic digestion facility to generate and export electricity from organic waste.
Also, a visitor attraction made up of four hubs – a welcome hub, a leisure and sports-innovation hub, an adventure hub and a theme-park hub – worth £93m, is hoped to be completed by 2026.
The site is already home to a £20m film studio complex.
"I'm very much looking forward to seeing this area of the city really coming to life through our regeneration plans," says UUP councillor Jim Rodgers, chair of the strategic policy and resources committee.
"By developing this vast site, we stand to gain jobs, visitors, and vital rates income which we can reinvest in Belfast."
He added: "Not only does Giant's Park offer businesses excellent connectivity through our airports and motorways, there's the obvious additional benefit of being able to recruit from Belfast's strong skills and talent base."