Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Nambarrie building put on market for £2.2 million

Commercial property

By Andrew Madden

The old Nambarrie Tea warehouse in Belfast city centre has gone on the market with a price-tag in excess of £2.2m wanted.

The site comes with full planning permission for a residential development and is being sold by property agents Lambert Smith Hampton.

Village Homes bought the warehouse back in 2011, paying a reported £1.2m, with a view to demolishing the building and building 56 apartments in its place. The property had sat on the market since 2008 and had a price tag of £2.25m.

But in 2013 a body which aims to protect commercial and cultural interests in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter objected to the plans on the grounds they would "seriously compromise the look and feel" of the area.

The building is part of the district designated by the then-Department of Environment as the Cathedral Conservation Area, where "retention, rehabilitation and re-use" of existing buildings is encouraged where possible.

In a letter to council planners, the Cathedral Quarter Trust, which represents hospitality businesses in the area, described the building as "an important part of the Cathedral Quarter's social and economic history".

It added: "The proposed building is not in sympathy with the character of the area in terms of materials, form and scale and would harm the setting of the listed buildings, particularly the Merchant Hotel.

"In place of hasty and possibly ill-considered demolition of the historic Nambarrie building, we ask that alternative uses be fully explored in line with established policy."

Planning permission was later granted. However, the vision of a 56-unit apartment block never came to fruition.

In its property summary, Lambert Smith Hampton said the building has a wide range of potential uses and offers in excess of £2.2m are being sought.

"The property benefits from significant frontage onto both Victoria Street and Waring Street and lends itself to a wide range of uses, including hostel, luxury apartments, student accommodation, boutique hotel, office refurbishment or leisure facilities (subject to planning)," it said.

Established in 1860 as Pratt and Montgomery, Nambarrie used its location on York Street in Belfast to import tea from India and Africa until the blitz in 1941 destroyed the premises, leaving nothing but one horse-drawn delivery cart.

Meanwhile, a four-bedroom detached farmhouse with 90 acres of accompanying land in Co Tyrone has gone on the market.

The site on Langland Road in the village of Donemana features the farmhouse and adjacent farm outbuildings and comes with 81 acres of grazing lands and nine acres of woodland.

A price is available on application from agents Quigley.

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