Belfast Telegraph

Former Castlereagh council offices up to rent

By Lauren Harte

A former council headquarters is on the market as office space - less than 20 years after it opened.

The base of the former Castlereagh Borough Council, next to Forestside shopping centre in south Belfast, has just gone on the rental market. Castlereagh merged with Lisburn council three years ago to become one of Northern Ireland's new 11 'super councils'.

With the local authority's new headquarters now based at Lagan Valley Island in Lisburn, much of the former civic building at Upper Galwally on the Knock dual carriageway is now defunct and could soon become office space.

The 20,400sq ft property is described as an "outstanding headquarter office building with excellent profile" featuring a basement, ground and first floors and 69 on site car parking spaces.

Letting agent Lisney has confirmed that part of the ground floor within the Bradford Court building will continue to be occupied by Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Until earlier this month, the council used office space within the building for its Environmental Health Service, which has since moved to Lisburn, and for the registration of births, deaths and marriages.

A spokesman added: "The council owns the Bradford Court building. It hopes to secure a tenant in the spring for the remainder of the office space.

"Space is being retained to continue with General Register Office (GRO) services and agile working space for council officers."

According to the brochure, the two-storey building features an attractive sandstone clad exterior while glazed revolving entrance doors lead to the main reception area with full height atrium and a stained glass ceiling.

The basement currently contains a gymnasium/fitness suite, shared IT server room, file storage, strong room, kitchen and shower facilities. The first and second floors comprise a shared entrance lobby, reception and toilet facilities with a mix of open plan and cellular offices.

Externally the property provides private parking with attractive mature landscaping and a pond.

The site is fully self-contained with security controlled access gates, security office at main entrance and perimeter lighting.

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