Shepheard Epstein Hunter, working with BDP Belfast, prepared the Laganside Concept Plan in 1987 to establish a framework for the regeneration of sites along the River Lagan in Belfast, and to enhance the opportunities available to people to enjoy the river at the heart of the city..
The Lagan had suffered, like many city centres in the UK and Europe, from poor environmental conditions and the decline of the ship building industry in the 1970s and 80s.
The project was led by Peter Hunter for SEH, supported by Steven Pidwill (SEH) and Roy Adams (BDP). Speaking of Peter's contribution in 2022, Kyle Alexander, former chief executive of Laganside Corporation and Belfast Harbour Commissioner, has said: ‘He will be fondly remembered in Belfast for his influence over many years on the development of Belfast’s waterfront, which was inspired by his bold yet pragmatic Laganside Concept Plan. Humble and soft-spoken, Peter would let others have their say before commanding our attention as he raised our ambition and vision.’.
The Laganside Corporation was a non-departmental public body formed by the Laganside Development (Northern Ireland) Order 1989 - its development area was expanded in 1996 to include areas closer to the city centre. The corporation was wound up in March 2007 and its responsibilities transferred to the Department for Social Development.