April 25, 2024

GRAHAM achieves project milestone at The Loft Lines, Belfast

The first three of seven cores at The Loft Lines located in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter are now out of the ground, as contractor GRAHAM progresses with the construction of the landmark residential-led development.

Delivered on behalf of Watkin Jones and Legal & General, The Loft Lines is set to be the city’s most sought-after riverside development with 778 apartments of mixed tenure, including 151 affordable homes and Belfast’s first build-to-rent (BTR) apartments (627).

Centred around three residential blocks of varying heights, significant thought has gone into the design of external landscaping with the homes set to be surrounded by high quality walkways and boulevards, as well as an urban woodland. A striking public square and waterfront promenade will welcome the wider community.

Practical completion is expected in summer 2026 and GRAHAM apprentice, Lucy Threlfall (17), is one of the youngest team members to work on the project as a trainee engineer. Lucy has relocated from Glasgow, where she was on-site at Scotland’s largest BTR development. 

Gary Holmes, Regional Managing Director at GRAHAM Building North, said: “The Loft Lines is a fantastic development that will enhance Belfast’s iconic waterfront with a sustainable new neighbourhood, offering the best of modern living features to residents.

“Since groundbreaking in September 2023, we are really pleased to have progressed at pace with construction and the first three cores are now visible. The demand for new rental opportunities in Belfast continues to outstrip supply, and The Loft Lines will play an important role in bridging this gap.”

Lucy Threlfall, trainee site engineer at GRAHAM, said: “Having already worked on Scotland’s largest BTR scheme it’s great to bring my experience to The Loft Lines and to be part of the team shaping the Titanic Quarter.”

Internally, space has been earmarked for commercial and community purposes with flexibility to become a bar or restaurant – attractive to a range of operators given its prominent location within walking distance to the city centre.

Residents are also set to benefit from a host of amenities that promote positive wellbeing, including sports and recreational spaces, gyms, flexible working space, private dining spaces, games rooms, cinema rooms and children’s play areas. On completion, the development will be fully managed with wi-fi, amenities, gym access and other benefits included in monthly rent charges.

Importantly, consideration has been made to the sustainability of the development. The progressive energy strategy is all-electric, utilises low carbon heat pump technology with no fossil fuels and as a result, creates no associated on-site emissions. This makes The Loft Lines one of the lowest carbon projects in Belfast to date.

Active travel has also been prioritised, with the development featuring dedicated cycle and walking paths that safely link to the wider city.

The development is being forward funded by Legal & General, with the wider project team including Todd Architects, Etive Consultants, Troup Bywaters + Anders, RPS Group, Scope Projects and Tetra Tech.