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Belfast Linen Quarter redevelopment to be enhanced by £30m plan

An artist’s impression of the new Linen Quarter plans
An artist’s impression of the new Linen Quarter plans
Emma Deighan

By Emma Deighan

A new planning application for a £30m mixed-use development will boost an existing £10m regeneration scheme in the Linen Quarter.

The redevelopment plans, filed by Domus UK Ltd which is owned by NCH Capital Inc, follow on from an existing £10m proposal for buildings on Linenhall Street and Clarence Street.

They set out to increase the development site to include numbers 34-44 Bedford Street. It follows what the developers said was "positive feedback" at a pre-application community consultation for the redevelopment of numbers 27 to 37 Linenhall Street, to the south of the Ulster Hall and numbers 8 to 10 Clarence Street.

The extended plans will pave the way for an increase in the provision of new Grade A office space for the Linen Quarter.

Ian Layford, investment director for Domus UK Ltd, said: "During the recent pre-application consultation for our redevelopment of Clarence Street and Linenhall Street there was great encouragement for further regeneration of the Linen Quarter.

"In addition to redeveloping under-utilised space, such as the car park at the intersection of Clarence Street and Linenhall Street, our latest plans will also seek to revive a selection of existing buildings on Bedford Street to offer much-needed, high quality offices.

"Our new, larger proposals will increase our investment in the area, and is testament to our confidence in Belfast's position as an attractive trade, employment and leisure destination."

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The new proposal will provide Grade A office space with alternative ground floor uses and has been designed by Hester Architects.

The area, which has been a long-standing business district for Belfast, has been experiencing a significant regeneration in recent months, including the BBC's proposals for the redevelopment of Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue, which will see the creation of a new 'central hub' linking the existing BBC buildings and development of a new public plaza on Linenhall Street.

Philip Stinson, director with the project's planning consultants Turley, said: "The new extended plans will seek to redevelop spaces in the district and support the city's ambitions to offer greater city centre employment and investment opportunities."

Subject to planning approval, the redevelopment will begin in winter 2020. Domus UK Ltd will run a pre-application drop-in public exhibition on January 16 at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast.

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