Northern Ireland

Waterfront Hall extension funding secured

Artist's impression of the proposed extension Image copyright Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Image caption What the extension is expected to look like

Belfast City Council has secured the funding for a major extension of the Waterfront Hall.

The project will cost £29.5m: the council is putting up £11m, the European Regional Development Fund is giving £14.5m and the remaining £4m will come from the tourist board.

Work on the scheme is expected to begin by the summer with construction completed by December 2015.

The extension will house a conference and exhibition centre.

The new centre will allow the Waterfront to compete for larger conferences.

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