Social housing organisation Choice has awarded a £560,000 contract to a Newry building firm.
Construction company Peter O'Hare, which has a base in Mayobridge, will work on two different schemes in south Belfast for Choice.
The first of the projects will see it deliver three apartments at a Stranmillis Road property and includes the construction of a new three-storey extension and significant upgrades to the main building. Meanwhile, three addresses on Claremont Street will also undergo an 18-week renovation to provide five new homes.
Refurbishment works at both social housing projects also include the fitting of new kitchens and bathrooms alongside an overhaul of all electrics, plumbing and heating systems.
Choice chief executive Michael McDonnell said: "These projects will deliver eight high quality homes and reflect our commitment to improve and increase the number of units we have.
"The works incorporate the very best standards and the latest in energy saving technology and will enable tenants to make the most of quality, affordable and secure homes right in the heart of the city.
"It is pleasing to appoint a contractor that not only has the skills, experience and resources needed for these jobs, but also shares our vision for high quality housing."
Declan Magee at Peter O'Hare Limited said: "We are pleased to have been appointed by Choice Housing as the preferred contractor to carry out refurbishment and extension works on these challenging but rewarding contracts.
"Peter O'Hare has extensive experience within the social housing sector and has completed several projects of this nature for our client successfully."
Choice manages more than 10,000 homes in Northern Ireland.
It recently completed the first phase of the £8.5m Larne Road scheme in Ballymena.
For more housing news see page 30 for commentary on the latest housing market figures for Q1 2018.