Work on new Ormeau Road apartments to start in May
Work to demolish the former Ballynafeigh PSNI Station on Belfast's Ormeau Road is expected to begin in May 2019.
Co Tyrone developer Knockburn Ltd received planning approval on Tuesday night to knock down the derelict structure and build 57 new apartments on the site. The £12m project is expected to create 50 jobs during the construction phase, with plans to have the apartments ready by the summer of 2020.
The full proposal includes two apartment blocks, three retail units with frontage onto the Ormeau Road, a communal court yard and underground car parking. It comes just two years after the site, which went on the market for £900,000, was snapped up by a company owned by Donaghmore property developer Padraig Drayne.
The project has been designed by Like Architects. The firm's director, Michael Martin, said the apartments would deliver much-needed homes on one of Belfast's main arterial routes.
"The building, which fronts onto the Ormeau Road has been designed to represent a modern interpretation of the traditional Belfast red brick terrace and will have active frontage onto the road," he added. "We worked with the development team to carry out an extensive consultation process that was praised by local elected representatives."
Other projects under consideration for the upper Ormeau Road area include Fratelli's bid to redevelop the former Holy Rosary Church into a 21-bed hotel.