Belfast Telegraph

Belfast business park expanding to meet demand for office space

By John Mulgrew

A Belfast business park is set to be expanded amid plans to meet growing demand for top-end office space here. Weavers Court, close to Sandy Row in the south of the city, already houses a range of businesses, including technology firms.

Among its residents is cyber-security company Alert Logic, from Texas, which has a small team at the building. Earlier this year, it announced plans for 90 new jobs.

Proposals have now been submitted for a new four-storey office development at the business park.

The plans include high-quality office space, improved pedestrian access to the area and additional landscaping.

An existing access road will also be altered to make room for extra car parking spaces.

Outline permission was granted for the new building earlier this year.

Just last month, Belfast software company Anaeko, which is based at the business park, created 15 new highly paid jobs as it ramped up its share of the cloud storage market.

The firm, which already employed 30 people here, has worked with global technology companies in mobile computing, social media and data analytics.

Anaeko is boosting its workforce with assistance from Invest NI.

Weavers Court is expanding its operation as several other major office developments get under way across Belfast.

Almost 50 new office buildings, capable of holding a total of 40,000 workers, could be built in the city in just five years, according to a report by commercial property firm Savills.

It said nine office developments were being built, and two-thirds of that space had been reserved by companies.

Some 20 developments have received planning approval, but are not on-site, while up to a further 18 are in the planning or pre-planning stages.

Other developments include a massive proposed 260,000 sq ft office building - which may be called One Bankmore Square - and would be around 12 storeys in size. The project would see the Movie House cinema on the Dublin Road being redeveloped.

It is understood the existing building will be knocked down to make way for the top-end development.

The plans could also involve the redevelopment of the existing Bankmore Square area.

Elsewhere, a £20m revamped office building in the city by developer Gareth Graham could make room for 3,000 staff.

The new Merchant Square development will see Oyster House undergo a series of renovations and extensions.

Belfast's Gasworks is also to get a new six-storey office if plans are given the go-ahead.

Meanwhile, developer Paddy Kearney has been given planning permission for a £55m office. The Lanyon Central development is due to be built beside Central Station.

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