Belfast city centre office development to go live and showcase architect's designs
A Belfast-based architect firm is preparing to see its work realised as one of the city's newest office block sites goes live.
The Todd Architects-designed Mercantile building, which sits on Donegall Square South, will be one of the city's newest office blocks boasting Grade A accommodation.
It will cover 95,000 sq ft and feature nine floors, a basement and a glass front.
It received planning approval from Belfast City Council last week.
Todd Architects was appointed by Killultagh Estates when the property initially came to the market.
It said the design was not without its challenges.
Laura McCarthy, senior asset manager with Killultagh Estates, said: "We are delighted to have appointed Todd Architects to have the pivotal role within our creative team behind The Mercantile.
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"This is a key development for us and demonstrates our commitment to the city where we see this development as a rebirth of one of Belfast's foremost business locations overlooking the magnificent City Hall."
Todd Architects said "the architectural approach is contemporary but respectful of context, utilising cut stonework and bronze anodised aluminium to articulate the verticality".
It is anticipated that the ground floor and basement will be occupied by restaurant or leisure uses, with the upper levels providing flexible office space accessed via a double-height corporate foyer.
The Donegall Square South façade is primarily glazed with three projecting bays which provide good daylight quality and outlook.
The demolition of the existing building is under way with construction of the new building due to be completed in quarter three of 2020.
The Mercantile is expected to reflect a true example of modern Grade A office accommodation and it is anticipated that demand will be high.
The £14m office building was granted planning approval almost two years after planning officials first recommended approval.