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£16m apartment block planned at former Belfast city centre social club site

An artist’s impression of the proposed development at the former Belfast City Transport Club building
An artist’s impression of the proposed development at the former Belfast City Transport Club building
The former Belfast City Transport Club building
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A Northern Ireland developer has plans to convert the former Belfast City Transport Club in Belfast into £16m apartment block.

Vinder Developments is expected to lodge a planning a application to build the residential project on 66 to 68 May Street by 2020.

It is proposing a building that will accommodate 101 homes and two ground floor commercial units including a cafe.

It is understood that the plans for that site are at pre-application stage. And should the plans go ahead, the project would mean demolishing the former Belfast City Transport Club, which was used as a venue for social events by bus drivers until its closure.

It includes a bar on the ground floor with an office, committee room and stores on the first floor.

Vinder Developments is also behind a £25m build-to-rent proposal at Quay Gate in Belfast. It will offer 42 one-bedroom and 63 two-bedroom apartments overlooking the river Lagan and Titanic Quarter and is to be called Steelworks.

Speaking recently about its other proposal, Gavin McEvoy at Vinder Developments said: "Build-to-rent is an exciting opportunity to introduce premium services and a customer focus to apartment living which is not typically found in build-for-sale apartments in the Belfast market.

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"The Residence at Quay Gate will include a dedicated relaxation area, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, work spaces and meeting rooms and will include an integrated IT system.

"Having assessed the model in other major cities in the UK with our high class design and delivery team, we believe there is an exciting opportunity to use our knowledge of the local property market to apply the model in a Belfast context."

The residential building market has been a bright spot for the local construction sector. It was the only element of the industry not to report a decline in the second quarter of 2019, according to a report this month.

The Construction and Infrastructure Market Survey from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and law firm Tughans reported further declines in building activity during the three months to June.

However, the number of surveyors reporting rising workloads in private housing activity during the quarter hit the highest rate since early 1999.

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