Belfast Telegraph

Major £50m Belfast office block development gets green light

An artist’s impressions of the planned office building at the Sirocco Works in Belfast © ELEMENT
An artist’s impressions of the planned office building at the Sirocco Works in Belfast © ELEMENT

The development of two major Belfast offices worth a combined £70m has been given the green light by Belfast City Council.

Planning permission has been granted to turn the Sirocco factory site in east Belfast into a 13-storey office building.

The decision to give the go ahead to the £50m first phase of the Belfast Waterside development was taken at a meeting of the Council's Planning Committee on Tuesday evening.

Proposals for the development of the site were submitted to the Council by site owners Vanguard Real Estate in February.

When completed, it is projected the project will create 2,500 jobs.

The building will include ground floor cafe and restaurant units, with work spaces occupying the upper floors of the building.

Belfast Sinn Fein councillor Matt Garrett, who is chairman of Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee, said: "The Belfast Waterside development will benefit both office workers and city residents – and act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the wider Sirocco site.

“The approach to the building’s design and landscaping has taken its cues from the Giant’s Causeway, and it’s exactly the type of high quality environment that we’re encouraging local and global investors to develop in Belfast, as we work to deliver our Belfast Agenda commitments, and to secure a Belfast Region City Deal with Westminster.” 

Paris-based developer Stargime has been granted planning permission for a £20m 11-storey office building on Albert Square, which will also come with ground-floor restaurant and cafe facilities.

Two other projects were also approved at the meeting on Tuesday night.

A visitor centre for Belfast City Cemetery adjacent to the Whiterock Road was given the green light, while approval was also given for a combined toilet and shower changing facility on the ground floor of Belfast City Hall for use by people with complex disabilities who require two assistants. It will include a fixed-track hoist system.

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