Belfast Telegraph

£12m offices on waterfront at Gasworks now a step closer

By Ryan McAleer

A bid to construct a new £12m waterfront office block in south Belfast has taken a step closer.

Cromac Quay Ltd has submitted its planning application to build a six storey office development at the Gasworks site on the Ormeau Road.

Property developer Francis Jennings is among those behind the project, which has already undergone a pre-application community consultation process.

The application was formally submitted to planners at Belfast City Council on June 1.

It seeks full permission for a grade A office development and ground floor coffee bar. It includes associated car parking at the plot adjacent to four Cromac Place, with a proposal to partly retain and reconfigure the existing parking space.

The mixed use riverside property, which is being designed by Place Lab, will boast around 100,000 sq ft of space.

The building will sit beside the existing Lloyds Banking Group call and sales centre.

The six storey block would be the latest marker in the ongoing effort to provide state-of-the-art office accommodation across the city.

Director at Place Lab, John Smylie said all the indicators suggest that the demand is still there for top-end office space.

"All the commercial agents are telling us that the demand is definitely still there."

He said some alterations have been made to the exterior area around the project.

"We have redesigned it a little bit and improved the public space."

The plan will now include a covered arcade.

Mr Smylie said that the area surrounding the new build would take on added importance following the completion of the stalled Hume Dunlop cycle bridge, which will link with the Gasworks site.

He said the proponents of the new office development had worked with planning officials to ensure that suitable public space would be included.

Planning consultancy WYG is also working on the project, along with the civil engineers Taylor & Boyd.

Cromac Quay Ltd's office bid comes on the heels of Belfast Harbour's £22m office development, as part of its City Quays initiative.

Meanwhile, Co Down-based building firm Graham Construction has started work on the £17m Erskine House development in Belfast city centre. HMRC is due to occupy seven floors of the building.

A proposal to construct a £65m 12-storey office block on the Dublin Road, which will replace the Movie House cinema, also remains on the cards.

Belfast Telegraph

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