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Blueprint for £65m office on the site of Belfast's Dublin Road cinema lodged

By John Mulgrew

A £65 million office block on the site of a Belfast city centre cinema has moved a step closer after plans were submitted for the 12-storey building.

Under the project the Movie House on Dublin Road will be razed and replaced by a development with a capacity for 3,000 staff.

The scheme was revealed by the Belfast Telegraph last year.

It is the brainchild of the Richland Group, headed by Co Tyrone property developer Gary McCausland.

Mr McCausland said: "We have assembled a brilliant home-grown professional team to deliver this exciting project and we look forward to seeing it through to completion in 2020."

Planning consultant Clyde Shanks said the application was the "culmination of a highly collaborative and engaging pre-application discussion process with Belfast City Council planners, its consultees and members of the public".

The scheme is being jointly marketed by commercial property agents Savills and Lambert Smith Hampton.

Simon McEvoy, head of office agency at Savills, said: "The Richland Group envisages the reinvigoration of the existing natural amenity - Bankmore Square - as central to the new development.

"It is evident from the feedback we are receiving that the proposed scheme has already caught the imagination of the business community and the general public."

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