Belfast Telegraph

Plans for £10m office development in heart of Belfast's Linen Quarter

An artist's impression of the proposed new office block
An artist's impression of the proposed new office block
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A new £10m office development is on the way for the so-called Linen Quarter of Belfast city centre.

Domus UK Ltd, a property developer in England owned by NCH Capital, is planning the redevelopment of buildings in what it called a major regeneration scheme.

The buildings are 27-37 Linenhall Street to the south of the Ulster Hall, and 8-10 Clarence Street.

It's the latest development planned for the area, after the BBC submitted plans for its redevelopment of Broadcasting House.

A spokeswoman said the plans would "enrich" the existing architectural style of the Linen Quarter while adding "complementary" new buildings, and that the development would be in keeping with the heritage of the Linen Conservation Area.

The new buildings will include 5,000 sq m of Grade A office space, and some new apartments.

The scheme is designed by Hester Architects, which has carried out work on student accommodation at York Street, also developed by Domus.

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Domus has since sold that development to student accommodation company LIV.

Ian Layford, of Domus UK Ltd, said: "Belfast's Clarence Street and Linenhall Street collectively have a strong legacy as a leading business district in Belfast as enterprises continue to be attracted to the area due to its prime location as a connectivity hotspot.

"This redevelopment proposal, along with other exciting plans such as the BBC's well-known plans to transform its Broadcasting House headquarters, will help contribute to enhancing the Linen Quarter's position as a thriving urban landmark network to both regular and visiting users of the area alike."

Subject to planning approval, the redevelopment plans will begin in winter next year.

As part of a pre-application community consultation, Domus will run a public exhibition at the Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue on November 12.

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