Belfast Telegraph

City Quays car park 'to get planning green light'

By John Mulgrew

A major car park which will become part of the City Quays development at Belfast Harbour is due to be given the green light.

The 907-car space development is the latest phase of the waterside scheme. Now, the Department for Infrastructure has issued a notice of opinion to grant it planning permission.

It's expected the structure will cost around £12m to build. It will join the first City Quays office development, City Quays 2, and the new Marriott AC hotel, both of which are under construction.

Northern Ireland is on track for one of its biggest ever office developments as Belfast Harbour has also applied for planning permission for the £46m third phase of City Quays.

The Harbour has said it's seeking the green light from Belfast City Council for City Quays 3, which will have 16 storeys with the potential to house 3,000 workers. Its construction is expected to bring jobs for up to 600 builders.

The first and second phases of City Quays have already attracted top-end company tenants such as international law firm Baker & McKenzie, while broadcaster UTV will set up home at City Quays 2 next year.

A 188-bedroom AC by Marriott Hotel, featuring a restaurant by renowned chef Jean Christophe Novelli, will also open at City Quays next year.

Speaking about the project earlier this year, and progress on City Quays 3, Graeme Johnston, Belfast Harbour's property director, said: "Upon completion in 2019, Belfast Harbour will have invested £120m in City Quays and developed 450,000 sq ft of Grade A office space, supporting both foreign direct investment and indigenous businesses.

"As with the two previous offices, City Quays 3 will be a speculative development, which is a reflection of how strong demand for this quality of office space in Belfast is."

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