Belfast Telegraph

Work starts on £2m retail and office scheme in Newry

By Margaret Canning

Work has started on a £2m commercial building project in Newry centre - the first major new mixed-use build that has been seen in the city for nearly a decade.

The Custom House scheme is being built at the site of the former tax office on Merchant's Quay in the city.

The project is being developed by Downshire Quay LLP, and when finished will include a mixed retail and office scheme over three floors.

Daragh Mallon, chartered valuation surveyor at Best Property Services' commercial department, welcomed the development and said it would be a great boost for Newry.

"This is a significant investment in the city centre in excess of £2m and will enhance the city's retail provision and enliven the upper Merchant's Quay area," Mr Mallon added.

The scheme is to be anchored by South Down Dental Clinic on the first floor.

The ground floor will be available to lease and will be made up of five retail, office and restaurant units up to 6,000 sq ft in size.

The building is scheduled to be completed at some point early next year.

Downshire Quay LLP is led by Andrew Linton and Paula McHenry.

Last month, Newry shopping centre The Quays announced it had started work on a £20m expansion, with the creation of 500 new jobs.

The retail and leisure destination, which is part of the property empire of millionaire Gerard O'Hare, is adding 100,000 sq ft of space.

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