Belfast Telegraph

Property developer Paddy Kearney seeks planning approval for Belfast office development

By John Mulgrew

Property developer Paddy Kearney has applied for planning permission to build another new office development in the heart of Belfast.

His company, Kilmona, is planning to knock down Scottish Amicable House at Donegall Square South, beside his hotel Ten Square, and build a nine-storey office development.

He had originally applied for permission to use the building as another extension to the hotel, asking to add another 66 bedrooms. The firm says it hasn't withdrawn that application, and instead is adding "options at this site".

The building's former owner, John Miskelly, had previously applied to demolished Scottish Amicable House and build another office development on the site, but that has since lapsed.

A spokesman for Kilmona told the Belfast Telegraph the application "is a response to the pent-up office demand in Belfast".

He said: "This is an excellent location for new, grade A office accommodation though it is important to point out we are not withdrawing the existing application for a further expansion of Ten Square, which is trading very well since its refurbishment while the new 55-bedroom extension at the old Lancashire House is now under construction. This application merely adds to our options at this site."

Last year, Mr Kearney revealed his Belfast hotel Ten Square was undergoing a multi-million pound extension which will see dozens of new bedrooms added to the city centre venue.

The £3m addition will be based at Lancashire House, which is located beside the hotel.

Elsewhere, Mr Kearney is planning to develop a series of huge office buildings across the city over the next few years.

Kilmona Holdings will erect two large buildings in a new development called Lanyon Central at East Bridge Street, made up of 12 storeys with 235,000 sq ft of floor space. And he is also developing the 10-storey Chichester House on Chichester Street, which will include 70,000 sq ft of office space and 10,000 sq ft of retail.

Last year a report from Invest NI warned Northern Ireland could lose out on foreign direct investment due to a lack of prime office space.

It had suggested it intervenes in the market here to help "stimulate the development of new grade A office accommodation".

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