New Innovation Centre will be ‘Catalyst for Development’ in West Belfast

The new Innovation Centre at the Forthriver Business Park in Belfast is set to regenerate the area and boost employment.


Construction has started at the new Innovation Centre at Forthriver Business Park in west Belfast. The development is backed by Belfast City Council who says the centre will be a “catalyst for development” and “create additional employment prospects for the area.”

Once complete the centre will provide 382 new jobs and complement schemes at the nearby Belfast Metropolitan College campus. At 55,000 square feet, it will provide lettable office space for new and emerging businesses, nurturing start-ups and encouraging enterprise.

It’s also hoped the Innovation Centre will also be a place of innovation and research, where ideas are fostered and new products developed; leading to Foreign Direct Investment and sustainable economic growth.



The £9.1m project comes as part of the council’s Investment Programme. This includes a planned £150m spend on providing new facilities for enterprises, as well as funding plans to market Belfast on an international scale.

Works have already started at the Forthriver site on the Springfield Road, where the four-storey building is starting to take shape. Michael Nugent will be providing mechanical and electrical installations and our service delivery is due to begin in September.

We’re excited to be involved in the Innovation Centre and looking forward to seeing the finished product when it’s complete in 2016.

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