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UTV confirms 2018 move to new Laganside home

By Staff Reporter

Broadcaster UTV has confirmed it is to move to new headquarters in Belfast's City Quays, bidding farewell to its Havelock House base after more than half-a-century.

The move was revealed by Business Telegraph in February but the company yesterday formally announced that it will relocate from Ormeau Road to City Quays 2 in the Belfast Harbour Estate.

The broadcaster, which was taken over by ITV last year, will be installed in the new offices by June 2018.

Terry Brennan, head of news and programming at UTV, said: "We are delighted to have secured the entire eighth floor of this prestigious new building which is in a prime location in central Belfast for our new UTV headquarters.

"We can see how beneficial this location will be, in terms of the surrounding amenities and transport links for our modern news operation."

UTV has been based at Havelock House since the broadcaster was founded in 1959.

Meanwhile, a key site in the Titanic Quarter that had planning permission for a hotel has gone on the market. The Hamilton Dock site, next to Titanic Belfast, received planning permission - covering a period of five years - in 2010 for a 244-bedroom hotel.

It is also within a larger location with outline planning permission for development.

James Eyre, the commercial director at Titanic Quarter Ltd, said: "This is a significant opportunity for hotel developers and operators to progress a flagship hotel in the heart of Titanic Quarter.

"Over the past decade of development and regeneration, Titanic Quarter has evolved into a world-class tourism destination, an international exhibition and conferencing location, a hub of local, national and international businesses, an educational and media campus, and a residential community."

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