Victoria Square Shopping Centre
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Victoria Square is a shopping and leisure complex located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The area includes over 70 shops, several restaurants and the Odeon cinema. Opened on 6 March 2008, Victoria Square is a commercial, residential and leisure development which took 6 years to build. Its anchor tenant at nearly 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) is the largest House of Fraser that the retailer has opened in the UK.
|Location||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|Opening date||6 March 2008|
|Developer||Multi Development UK|
|No. of stores and services||98|
|No. of anchor tenants||1|
|Total retail floor area||75,000 m2 (810,000 sq ft)|
|No. of floors||7|
Victoria Square was developed by Multi Development UK Ltd. The architects were Building Design Partnership and T+T Design, the in house architects of Multi Corporation. At approximately 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) and costing £400m, it is the biggest and was one of the most expensive property developments ever undertaken in Northern Ireland.
An element of the development is two covered, multi-level streets linked to the glass dome which measures 37 m in diameter and 45 m in height. A public square covered entirely by the glass dome serves as the hub of the entire area. The Jaffe Fountain, constructed in the 1870s by former Lord Mayor Otto Jaffe in memory of his father, has been restored to its original location in Victoria Square. There are pedestrian links to nearby business, nightlife and shopping streets on Laganside, Donegall Place, Royal Avenue and Ann Street.
The development also included 106 apartments.
On 24 November 2013, a car bomb detonated outside a Victoria Square car park. There were no injuries.
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