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One of Belfast’s grandest buildings to receive makeover

The former Regency House in South Belfast’s Upper Crescent will be transformed into luxury apartments.

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One of Belfast’s grandest buildings is to enjoy a new lease of life, developers said (Aurient Ltd/PA)

One of Belfast’s grandest buildings is to enjoy a new lease of life, developers said (Aurient Ltd/PA)

One of Belfast’s grandest buildings is to enjoy a new lease of life, developers said (Aurient Ltd/PA)

One of Belfast’s grandest buildings is to enjoy a new lease of life, developers said.

The former Regency House in South Belfast’s Upper Crescent will be transformed into luxury apartments and will open its doors later this summer as a “hospitality venture” targeting long and short-stay visitors.

Aurient Ltd, run by entrepreneurs Anthony Kieran and Cecil Hetherington, is behind the 8,000 sq foot, £2.5 million project.

Mr Kieran said: “The area itself, adjacent to the iconic Queen’s University building, has tonnes of potential in terms of architectural heritage, day and night-time economy and green urban spaces.

“It has long been crying out for regeneration.

“We hope this venture will truly breathe new life, not just into Regency House as it was formerly known but to both Upper and Lower Crescents, creating a new public space for the city’s Queen’s Quarter which visitors and residents can enjoy once more.”

Upper Crescent, off University Road in the South of the city, was at one time, the grandest terrace development undertaken.

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An elegantly curving row of three-storey dwellings in a late Regency style, it was built in 1846 by the timber merchant Robert Corry.


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