Belfast Telegraph

Galgorm given green light for £3m office space complex

Lesley Houston

AN historic castle is to undergo a £3m transformation to accommodate modern office space.

The grounds of Galgorm Castle have been earmarked for a 2,500sq m scheme of high-spec units to complement its growing estate.

The work spaces have been designed to harmonise with the architectural standards of the Grade A listed castle and are the latest addition to an existing business park already in situ.

Twenty small businesses on site, including an American engineering company and a South Korean software firm, previously scooped an industry design award.

The park won the prestigious Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors award for building restoration of the year.

The latest additions are integral to an overall investment of £8m in Galgorm Castle Estate which also includes a championship golf course due to hold the Northern Ireland Open this month.

A garden centre is currently under construction on the historic grounds, which will incorporate the restoration of its original Jacobean walled garden. The ambitious project also precedes plans for the restoration of the castle.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said it was a "real boost for Ballymena" which would help attract businesses to the area.

He praised the quick turnaround in the application which was done in just four months.

Belfast Telegraph

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