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Artist's impression of south Belfast apartment complex revealed

An artist’s impression of the planned apartment block on the Dublin Road
An artist’s impression of the planned apartment block on the Dublin Road

By Lisa Smyth

Planning consultants involved in a project to build an apartment complex on the outskirts of Belfast city centre have revealed how the exterior of the building will look.

O'Toole and Starkey Planning Consultants are working with Like Architects on the development of the 76 unit apartment block, which is to be located on the corner of Dublin Road and Salisbury Street. A three-storey building occupied by Oxfam is currently on the site.

Like Architects, which was involved in the revamp of one of Belfast's most popular tourist destinations, Crumlin Road Gaol, was appointed to design the new apartment block. A timescale for the proposed new apartment block to replace the existing building is not yet known.

However, the artist's impression reveals it will be largely comprised of glass, giving the accommodation a light and airy atmosphere.

It is the latest boost for Dublin Road, known as the Golden Mile, which has been the site of some investment in recent years.

Last week, it emerged that a new restaurant on Dublin Road is due to open by the end of the year after property developer Gary McCausland secured a tenant for The Gallery complex.

Speaking about the proposed apartment complex, Michael Martin, director of Like Architects, said: "This high-quality residential scheme will deliver much-needed accommodation on one of Belfast's main arterial routes.

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"The new proposal will help to continue the regeneration of this part of the Golden Mile and complement the successful Gallery development and other proposed schemes nearby with a similar offer of residential units.

"The proposal will see the construction of a high-quality development representing a significant investment with an estimated 50 jobs created during the construction phase.

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

Like Architects was appointed as architects and lead consultants in 2013 to refurbish and design the building at Crumlin Road Gaol for commercial use as a whiskey distillery and a visitors' centre.

The firm has also been involved in the refurbishment of the £70m Merchant Square redevelopment programme in the city centre.

Due for completion next year, it involves the redevelopment of existing buildings - Oyster and Royston House - by creating two additional floors, and installing a new glass and steel facade.

The completed scheme will comprise eight floors of office accommodation over an extended entrance lobby and ground floor retail and restaurant units.

It was also involved in the design of new student accommodation at Great Patrick Street. Valued at £18m, the project involved creating accommodation ranging from study beds and studios to one and two bedroom apartments.

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