The first programmed activity in more than a decade takes place at The Waterside with the programme launch of the fourth Open House Belfast Architecture Festival. The festival, which will open up some of Belfast’s most iconic places to the public, held the programme launch today (Thursday 20th September) and the festival will run from the 19th – 21st of October.
The Open House Belfast Festival is another step for The Waterside in engaging with the city and towards the long term aims of activating and regenerating the 16-acre site. The Open House concept was initiated in London in 1992 by Open City, and festivals now takes place annually in cities throughout the world. Organised by charitable organisation PLACE, the Open House Belfast festival aims to increase public engagement with architecture, planning, construction and related professions to promote civil society and community development.
Osborne+Co, who last week were chosen as development partner to deliver Santander’s new landmark technology headquarters in Milton Keynes, are looking forward to continuing their progress in Belfast. Communications and Marketing Director, Patricia Hanson, discusses the festival programme launch and the role that The Waterside will play in the festival:
“We are delighted to be bringing the first public activity to the site in more than a decade by hosting the programme launch of the 2018 Open House Belfast Festival. Fresh on the back of Osborne+Co being chosen as development partner to deliver Santander’s new landmark technology headquarters in Milton Keynes, we are keen to bring some energy and momentum to The Waterside, Belfast.”
Patricia continues: “The Waterside reopens for the first time in many years as part of the Open House Architecture Festival. A former industrial site set over 16 acres, it was once home to the Sirocco Engineering Works, an endeavour that gave Belfast prominence in the industrial world in the late 19th Century. It is a fitting location for such a launch, bringing people into an area that, as a result of our ambitious plans, will become a focal part of Belfast’s flourishing creative eco-system, linking East Belfast and the City Centre.