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Architects in plan for Dublin Road 'Golden Mile' revamp

By Margaret Canning

Architects have unveiled plans to revitalise part of Belfast's so-called Golden Mile on Dublin Road in a construction project bringing 50 jobs.

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Like Architects has been appointed by landlord John Smyth's Estates to design a development of 71 apartments and restaurant.

Planning consultants O'Toole and Starkey are today hosting a pre-application public event at the city centre's Clayton Hotel to discuss the plans for 57 to 59 and 61 to 63 Dublin Road with the public. The units at 61 to 63 are home to Kitch Restaurant.

The sites are beside apartment development The Gallery, which was built by property developer Gary McCausland and Richland Group - also behind the proposed Bankmore Square development on Dublin Road.

Like Architects said it had worked with planning consultants to develop a design of similar height to The Gallery, which would provide "a complementary addition to the street". The planning consultants said that the development brought a "welcome boost to the immediate surrounding area, which continues to grow with the recently constructed student housing scheme, Botanic Studios at one end of Dublin Road and the recently approved office development, Bankmore Square at the other".

Michael Martin, director of Like Architects, said: "This high quality residential scheme will deliver much needed homes on one of Belfast's main arterial routes. The new proposal will help to continue the regeneration of this part of the Golden Mile and complement the successful Gallery development with a similar offer of residential units."

The firm said that the project was a "significant investment" which would bring 50 jobs during construction.

"The building, which fronts on to the Dublin Road, has been designed to represent a highly glazed modern aesthetic, with quality materials and active frontage on to the road," the firm said.

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