Olympic Tower, Belfast

The Olympic Tower is a development of 112 one, two, and three bedroom apartments, 9800ft2 of ground level retail space, a landscaped public plaza, and underground parking.

The proposal provides a focal termination of the urban block bounded by Princes Dock Street, Pilot Street, and Barrow Square. The retail units have a south-east facing aspect and principal entrances now face Barrow Square giving it much needed active retail frontage, missing from the other sides. The building’s mass within the urban block has been carefully designed so that no element or dominant mass of the building (nor that of the neighbouring James Clow Building) is wider than the nave of St Joseph’s Church. The various vertical elements of the block steadily rise in height to provide a fulfilled termination point.

Rapport Architects’ proposals provide a square with gentle level changes, removing as many physical barriers as possible, whilst maintaining a strategy that allows universal access that is currently not available. Our aim is to draw people across the north-east, south-west axis, and to easily connect the square with Princes Dock Street and Pilot Street. The landscaping design of this public space has also been designed to provide a much improved public realm that, with a south facing aspect, will be utilised and owned by the public.

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