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13-storey office block latest piece in Belfast's waterfront regeneration jigsaw

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By John Mulgrew

The newest phase of development at Belfast Harbour will be a multi-million pound 13-storey office block, it can be revealed.

Belfast Harbour says it is in the process of appointing a design team for its City Quays 4 project.

City Quays 4 will sit beside the already completed first building, a second office development that is partially built, and the soon to be constructed City Quays 3.

A Marriott AC hotel is also under construction on the riverfront site. A spokesman for Belfast Harbour said: "Outline planning permission already exists for City Quays 3, whilst a fourth development (200,000sq ft) could be progressed as early as 2019 depending upon market demand.

"In total, the mixed-use City Quays development represents a £250m investment by Belfast Harbour that will regenerate 20 acres of the city's waterfront and is expected to support over 15,000 jobs."

City Quays 1 is fully let and is home to law firm Baker & McKenzie, Cayan and Golf Now.

It is the smallest of the four buildings at five storeys in height.

City Quays 2 - which is nine storeys tall - is due to be completed this summer.

The City Quays 3 development, work on which is still to get under way, will stand 17 storeys tall when completed.

The £30m waterfront development at City Quays 3 is one of the largest planned for the city and could accommodate up to 1,600 people.

The latest news comes as a series of other developers are in the process of instigating similarly ambitious schemes across the city in order to meet the growing demand for top-end office space here.

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