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No council cash to help US insurance firm Allstate with silt problem

By John Mulgrew

Belfast City Council has refused to provide cash to insurance giant Allstate after it asked for help in clearing silt from the area around its new headquarters.

A council committee considered a report in relation to proposals regarding the development of the former Maysfield site by Allstate and Concentrix.

US-owned Allstate asked the council to "contribute towards the cost of removing and the disposing of the contaminated silt at the Maysfield water inlet".

But the strategic policy and resources committee rejected the request.

Council minutes reveal the committee "agreed not to accede to the request from Allstate to contribute towards the cost of removing and the disposing of the contaminated silt at the Maysfield water inlet".

Allstate bought the site from Belfast City Council for an undisclosed sum at the start of last year.

The land had been on the market for £1.7m.

It's understood that, after the deal was done, deposits of silt were discovered.

The company is building a six-storey head office on the site, behind the former Maysfield Leisure Centre.

Construction will create 150 jobs over the next two years.

The development will feature sociable working spaces, a restaurant, outdoor terrace and software development labs.

The office building is being developed by architects WDR & RT Taggart in partnership with Newry construction company O'Hare & McGovern.

Allstate NI is the largest IT employer in Northern Ireland and has offices in Belfast, Londonderry and Strabane.

It was set up in 1998 as Northbrook Technology, before being rebranded 10 years later under the Allstate banner.

Allstate's new headquarters will sit beside call centre Concentrix's offices at the former Maysfield site.

Concentrix hit the headlines last month after HM Revenue & Customs pulled a contract for the handling of tax credits after a raft of complaints from people who had their payments wrongly stopped.

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