Belfast is a leading pilot city in a new €7.9 million European project that aims to transform historic urban areas through innovation.

Belfast City Council has teamed up with the Maritime Belfast Trust to deliver the exciting ‘Hub-In’ project along the Maritime Mile in the city’s Titanic Quarter.

Along with seven other cities in Portugal, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Cyprus, Slovenia and Romania, Belfast is exploring how innovation can spread public benefits from urban regeneration projects in historic areas, thanks to funding from the European Commission – Horizon 2020.

In Belfast, the project will focus on the Maritime Mile, along the city’s waterfront, which encourages people to explore Belfast’s maritime and industrial heritage. It connects key attractions, public realm, sculptures and viewing points on both sides of the River Lagan – and the ‘Hub-In’ project will allow us to consider innovative ways to further animate and enrich this space.

By working with neighbouring communities around the Titanic Quarter, and right across the city, we’ll support people to develop entrepreneurial and digital innovation skills and foster new business opportunities to help further transform our heritage waterfront into a dynamic destination and hub of innovation.

The four-year project also provides a valuable opportunity to share knowledge and best practice on a European level – and to showcase how we’re applying innovation to Belfast’s tourism and culture industries to benefit local communities and the wider economy.

The Hub-In project is supported by a number of other Belfast partners including Catalyst, Belfast Metropolitan College, the Department for Finance’s Innovation Lab and Future Screens NI to develop a programme of Hub-In activities including entrepreneurship support, training, community engagement and trials of innovative technology and new approaches.

You can find out more about the Hub-In network at https://energy-cities.eu/project/hub-in.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 869429.