One of Belfast's most famous historic buildings has found a buyer after going on the market a few weeks before lockdown.
There have now been calls for the listed Custom House to be put to a "sustainable" use.
The former HM Revenue & Customs property was placed on the market at an undisclosed sum in early March, just a few weeks before the shutdown was announced, and is now under offer.
The four-storey building was designed in 1847 by architect Sir Charles Lanyon, who also designed the front of Queen's University, Belfast.
It was built by D & J Fulton between 1854 and 1857 at a cost of £30,000.
Custom House had been marketed for sale by agencies Frazer Kidd and Osborne King.
The agents did not respond to a request for comment but the Belfast Telegraph understands the building is under offer.
Donal MacRandal, the president of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, said: "Custom House is an asset to Belfast and it would be fantastic to see it have a more public role in the city.
"As we think more about sustainability the opportunity of our historic buildings becomes clear - with sensitive adaptations these buildings can serve many more generations."
The property is owned by Watford-based property management company Mapeley, which did not return a request for comment yesterday.
At the time of the sale, the agents said the building would be suitable for a variety of uses, subject to planning approval.
Potential options include offices, apartments, a hotel, restaurant/bar, private event space or a museum.
It is located at Custom House Square, which had become a regular venue for outdoor concerts and events.
If successful, a sale of the Custom House would be a positive sign for the state of the commercial property market here.
Neil McShane, the founder of commercial property investment consultancy InPrio, said: "It is great to see such an iconic building going under offer during these difficult times."
Speaking at the time, the selling agents said: "It is rare that a property of such historic importance comes to market. Although the premises are currently being utilised as office accommodation, the building lends itself to refurbishment and alternative uses.
"The site is within walking distance to many of Belfast's main attractions and we are confident it will generate a lot of interest from prospective buyers."
According to website Future Belfast, which monitors buildings in the city, HMRC had entered a private finance initiative in 2001 which transferred ownership of its buildings including Custom House to Mapeley STEPS.
Under the terms of the deal, Mapeley was to provide serviced accommodation to HMRC for 20 years. HMRC in Belfast relocated to the new-build venue Erskine House in January.