List of tallest buildings and structures in Belfast

This list of the tallest buildings and structures in Belfast ranks buildings and structures in Belfast, Northern Ireland by height. There are at least 10 structures in the city taller than 80 metres (260 ft) and there are at least 33 habitable buildings in the city taller than 45 metres (148 ft).

85m (279 ft) Obel Tower in Belfast is Ireland's tallest building.

Tallest by categoryEdit

  • The tallest building in Belfast is the Obel Tower at 85-metre (279 ft). It is the tallest building in Northern Ireland and the island of Ireland.
  • The tallest structure in Belfast is the Black Mountain Tv mast at 228.6 metres (750 ft).
  • The tallest free standing and occupied structure is the Harland and Wolf shipbuilding gantry crane Samson at 106 metres (348 ft).
  • The tallest chimney is the Belfast City Hospital chimney at 95 metres (312ft).
  • The tallest church is Belfast (St. Anne's) Cathedral at 80 metres (262ft).
  • The tallest clock is the Albert Memorial Clock at 34.4m (113 feet).
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    Albert Memorial Clock

Belfast's tallest structuresEdit

These lists rank the 8 tallest structures in Belfast by total height.

Belfast Tallest Structures
Rank Name Use Image Height (m) Height (ft) Floors above ground Year of completion Notes
1 Black Mountain transmitting station TV mast
  228.6 750 N/A 1959 [1]
=2 Divis transmitting station TV mast   166 545 N/A 2011 [2]
4 "Samson" Shipbuilding Gantry Crane 106 348 N/A 1974 [3]
5 Belfast Ship repair Quay crane Ship repair Crane   104 341 N/A unknown [4]
6 "Goliath" Shipbuilding Gantry Crane   96 316 N/A 1969 [5]
7 Belfast City Hospital Chimney Chimney   95 312 N/A 1986 [6]
8 Grand Central Hotel Hotel   93 (Structure height (with 1 plant floor, top of elevator shaft and radio mast now included)) 305 (Structure) 23 1975 [7]

[8][9]

9 Obel Residential   85 279 28 2010 [10]
10 St Anne's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) Church   80 262 N/A 2007 [11]

Belfast's tallest habitable buildingsEdit

This list is the tallest habitable buildings in Belfast by architectural height.

Belfast tallest Buildings
Rank Name Use Image Height (m) Height (ft) Floors
(above ground)
Year of completion Notes
1 Obel Residential   85 279 28 2010 [10]
2 Grand Central Hotel Hotel   80 (Architectural height) 262 (Building) 23 1975 [7]

[8][12]

3 Belfast City Hospital Tower Hospital   76 249 15 1986 [13]
=4 Belfast International Hilton Hotel Hotel   63 207 16 1998 [14]
=4 Royal Victoria Hospital Critical Care Building Hospital   63 207 12 2012 [15]
=6 BT Riverside Tower Office   62 203 14 1998 [16]
=6 The Boat Office/Residential   62 203 15 2010 [17]
8 Divis Tower Residential   61 200 20 1966 [18]
9= Linum Square Office   55 180 13 2005 [19]
9= Causeway Tower Office   55 180 13 2004 [20]
9= Great Northern Tower Office   55 180 13 1992 [21]
12 Grainne House Residential   52 171 17 1968 [22]
13 Europa Hotel Hotel   51 167 13 1971 [23]
14 Lanyon Plaza Office   50 164 12 2014 [24]
15= Bedford House Office   49 161 12 1966 [25]
15= River House Office   49 161 14 1970 Building reclad in 2018. [26][27]
15= Ferndale House

Parkdale House

Riverdale House

Residential 49 161 15 1965 [28] [29][30]
15= Coolemoyne House

Rathmoyne House

Residential 49 161 15 1962 [31][32]
22 Queen's University Medical Biology Centre

(MBC)

University   48 158 12 1969 [33]
23 Swanston House 41-49 Queen street Residential (student)   47 155 14 2016 [34]
24= 14 Great Victoria Street Office   46 151 11 2003 [35]
24= Fanum House Office   46 151 13 1965 [36]
24= Dundonald house Office   46 151 12 early 1960s [37][38]


24= Ashby Building University   46 151 11 1965 [39]
24= 101 York Street Residential (student)   46 151 14 2021 (topped out) [40]
29= Kilbroney House Residential   45 148 15 1967 [41]
29= Carnet House Residential   45 148 15 1966 [42]
29= Bradbury court Residential   45 148 15 Early 1960s [43]
29= FX, 14-18 Montgomery street Residential   45 148 15 2019 [44]
29= Elms BT2, McClintock Street Residential (student)   45 148 16 2018 [45]


Tallest non-habitable buildingsEdit

List of tallest non Habitable buildings over 45m tall in Belfast. Non-Habitable building refers to a building where most of the height is taken up by an architectural feature which is not habitable such as a spire, or storage space.

Rank Name Use Image Height (m) Height (ft) Year of Construction Notes
1 St Anne's Cathedral Anglican Cathedral (Church of Ireland)   80 262 2007 [11]
2 St Patrick's Church, Belfast Roman Catholic chapel   55 180 1877 [46]
3 West Twin Silos Warehouse   54 177 1963 [47]
4 Belfast City Hall Government Building   53 174 1906 [48]
5 Carlisle Memorial Church Former Methodist Church now a venue   52 171 1875 [49]

[50]

6 St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast Roman Catholic Cathedral   50 164 1866 [51]

Tallest demolishedEdit

Tallest buildings and structures in Belfast over 45m to have been demolished.

Name Use Image Height (m) Floors Notes
Divis Transmitting station (old) TV Masts Mast A =140.7

and Mast B=139.5

N/A Built in 1957

Replaced in 2011

[2]

Power station West 3 Chimneys Power station Chimneys   80 N/A Was opened in 1962, and closed in 2002 as move towards green energy began. Chimneys were demolished in 2007. [52]
Churchill House Office   66 (not including mast) 18 When built in 1966 it was Belfast's tallest building. Was occupied by Northern Ireland civil servants. Demolished in 2004. Now Victoria Square Shopping centre is where it once stood. [53]
Greeves' (Cupar street) mill chimney Chimney 66 N/A When built it was the tallest chimney in Ireland and was until at least 1923. It had to be felled for safety reasons as it quickly deteriorated. [54]
Belfast Wheel Observation wheel   60 N/A Was opened 2007 and closed 2010, due to blocking listed Belfast City hall and titanic memorial. Talks of moving it to the Titanic quarter led to nothing.

Potential tall buildings in belfastEdit

Section covers buildings and structures under construction, had planning permission approved and have been proposed for Belfast. Exact heights stated in this section are taken directly from building plans found at [55] and most recent approvals are announced online,[56] where older ones are found in the previous reference.

Under constructionEdit

This lists buildings that are currently under construction.

Name Use Height (m) Floors Notes
City Quay 3 Office 74.45 16 Construction started in 2019 with completion aimed for 2021 [57]
Bedford Square Mixed-use 72.7 17 "The £85m Bedford Square project started late 2018 and is to be completed in 2021" [58]
Ulster University Campus sec 1 and 2 University 55.6 13 Construction due to be completed 2021[59]
 
Belfast's current tallest building the Obel Tower under construction with the tallest tower crane ever erected in the city at 106m tall.

ApprovedEdit

This lists buildings that have been given planning permission to be constructed in Belfast.

Name Use Height (m) Floors Notes
Royal Children's Hospital Hospital 68.4 12 Approved 2020,
One Grosvenor Gate Office 62.35 14 Approved March 2021
The Residence Residential 60 19 Approved in November 2020 planning meeting.
Sirroco waterside quays office Office 58.3 13 Approved 2020
Lanyon View Dalton street Residential 56.7 17 Approved 2019 and again in 2021 after dispute.
Belfast Harbour 480mW gas power station Power station 54.2 N/A Approved 2019
River Walk Residential 54 17 Approved 2020
81-87 Academy street Residential 54 16 Approved 2019
Little Victoria street, Bruce street, Holmes Street Student accommodation Residential 47.45 15 Approved 2021 [60]
Bedford yard Aparthotel 45 13 Approved 2020 and again in 2021 after dispute.

ProposedEdit

This lists buildings that have only been proposed to be built in Belfast.

Name Use Height (m) Floors Notes
Olympic Tower Residential 97.5 30 Pre-planning accepted 2019, full planning application yet to come.
Abercorn tower Hotel 90 plus 90 + 30 Outline planning permission from Titanicquarter masterplan.
City Quay 4 Residential 90+ 22+ Belfast Harbour proposal in 2019 [61]
Odyssey quays landmark tower Residential 80+ 28 Part of Odyssey Quays master plan proposed 2019
Weaver's Cross Tower Mixed use approx 80 23 Translink proposing a development, Weavers Cross, around the under construction transport hub. The development was pitched to developers at the end of November 2020. This tower was pitched to hide the back of the Europa Hotel.
The Grattan Mixed use but mainly residential, with commercial ground floor 60+ 20 (counted from renders plus open top area) Will replace the derelict Fanum House ( which features in the list of tallest buildings).

Community consultation process finished in February 2021 with a formal planning application to follow. [62]

Queens quay tower 1 Hotel 60+ 18 Part of proposed queens quay master plan[63]
Centrally placed between North andDonegal street Residential 60 15 Outline planning permission as part of Tribeca master plan
21-29 Corporation street Mixed use approx 60 19 Proposed in 2018, pre planning accepted, renders of design produced by developer Macleer and Rushe in 2020. Formal planning application imminent. Note site has previous applications up to 20 stories accepted planning permission including offices and 250 bedroom hotel but nothing has come of it yet with site still derelict.
One Bankmore square design 2 Office ~57 ~12 Redesign of previously approved proposal with smaller footprint and similar height. [64]
Odyssey quays gateway office Office 55+ 15 Part of Odyssey Quays master plan proposed 2019
Arc 2 Residential 50+ 16 Outline planning permission form Titanic Quarter masterplan
35-41 queens square Residential 50 + 15 Pre planning application submitted with digital community consultation beginning 29th March. A 16 story tower was previously approved in same location.
Junction of Rosemary street and North street Office 46.5 10 Outline planning permission granted as part of Tribeca masterplan
Queens quay tower 2 Residential 40+ 14 Part of proposed Queens Quay master plan

History of Belfast's tallest buildingEdit

Table of the history of the tallest building in Belfast by Architectural height

Name Years tallest Height (m) Image
St. Peter's Cathedral (Roman Catholic) 1866-1875 50  
Carlisle Memorial Church (Methodist) 1875-1877 52  
St Patrick's Church (Roman Catholic) 1877-1966 55  
Churchill House 1966-1975 66  
Windsor House (Grand Central Hotel) 1st

1975-2007

Joint 1st

2007-2010

80  
Belfast (St. Anne's) Cathedral

(Church of Ireland)

Joint 1st

2007-2010

80  
Obel Tower 2010- 85  

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