Belfast Telegraph

Plan for £25m apartments on site of former Belfast nightclub

El Divino will to be turned into Belfast apartments

By John Mulgrew

The site of former Belfast nightclub El Divino at Mays Meadow on the banks of the River Lagan is to be transformed into apartments, it can be revealed.

The once popular venue closed its doors last year.

Developer the Benmore Group now plans to turn the building into River Walk, a scheme of one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

A pre-application planning event will take place on Thursday.

Benmore Group chief executive David Burrows said: "We are delighted to unveil our £25 million investment proposals for 160 new apartments in the city centre.

"Our River Walk scheme will deliver a mix of one, two and three-bedroom homes and provide much-needed high quality city centre residential accommodation.

"The site is an extremely attractive location, sitting on the river edge, and lies a short walk from the city core and public transport connections, including Central Station.

"We believe our sensitively-designed scheme will contribute towards the city's ambition to grow its city centre population, while the additional residents will help support local businesses in this area.

"The River Walk apartments will bring added vitality and activity to the riverside. We look forward to speaking with as many people as possible as we undertake our pre-application consultation and plan to submit a planning application following the consultation period."

El Divino, which operated for six years before its closure, was placed on the market at the end of 2015.

The three-floor venue was a favourite haunt for celebrities and regularly hosted some of dance music's biggest names.

The Benmore Group is also behind a new £100m health park on the site of the King's Hall in Belfast.

The development, the largest of its kind in Northern Ireland, will cater for 25,000 patients and employ 500 staff.

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland's second 'build-to-rent' scheme has been announced in east Belfast.

The £25m Residence at Quay Gate is a joint venture between Northern Ireland property developer Vinder Capital Ltd and Oisin Quinn of London-based developer Aldgate Developments.

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