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Belfast's War Memorial Building goes on the market for £850,000

By Staff Reporter

Published 23/06/2015

The War Memorial Building on Waring Street
The War Memorial Building on Waring Street

Belfast's War Memorial Building has been put up for sale with an asking price of £850,000.

The building at 10 Waring Street in the city centre was formerly the Queen Anne Hotel, but it was blown up during the Belfast Blitz in 1941.

Reopened as the War Memorial Building by the Queen Mother in 1963, it has been used for office accommodation in the last few years while part of it still houses the museum of the Royal Ulster Rifles.

The War Department holds a long lease of 999 years from May 1962 on this section.

It was designed by English architect J Michael Bowley, whose design was the result of an architectural competition.

It's now been put on the market by commercial property firm CBRE.

Work on the building (right) was also supervised by Belfast architect Granville Smyth, who also designed the neo-Georgian Property House on Rosemary Street in 1957.

The council moved to new premises just around the corner at Talbot Street in 2007 - with original fixtures and fittings also brought across.

That included features such as a stained glass memorial window by Stanley Murray Scott, a the Belgian marble War Memorial wall along the two Rolls of Honour from the original building.

In 2010 the then vacant ground floor of the building was marketed by McConnell Property as a potential space for a bar and restaurant. But it was then later leased as office space to Colliers a year later.

Meanwhile, another city centre building has been put on the market.

The 13-storey office building River House was built in 1967-1970, and also houses five ground floor business units.

The High Street building is on sale for offers over £4.25m and is currently 93% let, with call centre Concentrix and the PSNI taking up several of the floors, according to marketing material notes.

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