Belfast Telegraph

Former children's home in Ballymena and Belfast retail sites hit the market

Ballee Home at Hollybank Park in Ballymena
Ballee Home at Hollybank Park in Ballymena
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A property let to retail companies Bensons for Beds and Harry Corry on the Boucher Road in south Belfast has gone on the market for £3m.

It's for sale as an investment through commercial property agents Frazer Kidd.

The agency said the property has net income of £176,500.

Also in Ballymena, agency Lisney is selling the former Ballee Home site, asking for offers of over £350,000.

The property at 36 to 38 Boucher Road is fully let to Northern Ireland interiors chain Harry Corry and Bensons for Beds.

The Harry Corry site, which is let for 10 years from 2015, has full planning permission to allow the sale of convenience foods.

The Benson for Beds property is let for 25 years from 2001.

Sign In

The units are next to the former B&Q building, which is now partly let to discount household retailer The Range. According to Frazer Kidd's brochure for the site, the Boucher Road is "Belfast's primary retail warehouse and car showroom location".

It adds: "The subject property occupies a highly accessible and visible location on the Boucher Road in south Belfast approximately two miles from Belfast city centre and in close proximity to the M1 junction at Broadway and the Westlink."

While Benson for Beds is a two-storey unit, Harry Corry Interiors is only fitted out on the ground floor.

"Both units have been internally fitted out to the corporate specification of the retailer," the brochure adds.

Meanwhile, Lisney said that the former Ballee Home at Hollybank Park in Ballymena was an "excellent redevelopment opportunity".

There are 11,887 sq ft of buildings which Lisney said were suitable for a range of uses, subject to planning permission.

Lisney director Andrew Gawley said: "A former children's residential home, the huge site features a two0storey building across more than 11,200 sq ft with an additional 676 sq ft of space from a detached garage and a separate storage building."

The site is just over a mile from Ballymena centre, and is also close to the main A26 road.

The ground floor consists of offices, communal areas and kitchens, while the first floor has bedrooms and washrooms, communal areas and two other self-contained two-bed flats.

He added: "Offers over £350,000 are invited for this site and we would expect interest from potential owner occupiers and developers.

"While the building could once again be used as a residential home or even for offices, interested parties are advised to make their own enquiries into the planning potential of the site."

Belfast Telegraph