Plans have been revealed to transform the Cathedral Gardens in Belfast.

Belfast City Council have revealed ambitious plans to regenerate the areas of St Anne’s Cathedral and Ulster University’s Belfast Campus, creating a multi-purpose public space.

The area will be able to host events such as an outdoor dining area, musical concerts, festivals, food markets and flower & fashion shows. Also present will be a children’s play area and space to exhibit public art.

The transformed Cathedral Gardens will provide a focal point for the city’s annual cultural programme.

Furthermore, the project will maintain its focus towards the city’s climate plan in ensuring and enhancing sustainability. The space will feature a mixture of trees and plants to attract urban wildlife.

Meanwhile, there are plans to capture and store rainwater to be used to water the green spaces within the gardens.

Councillor Áine Groogan, Chair of Belfast City Council’s Strategic Policy and Resources Committee said of the proposed plans: “These are extremely exciting and innovative plans which reflect our aim to create an exceptional urban space for families, students and visitors to enjoy all year round, night and day.”

The project is now in the hands of a public consultation before being given the green light to begin the transformation of the Cathedral Gardens.