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Plans lodged for £100m King's Hall health and wellbeing hub

By John Mulgrew

Work could soon get under way on a £100m healthcare development at the King's Hall in Belfast after a planning application was submitted.

Design documents show the conference facility, showgrounds and stables at the Balmoral site will all be demolished to make way for the project by Benmore Octopus, which will have the capacity to employ 500 staff and treat 25,000 patients.

The 16-acre 'one-stop shop' for health will include a care home, hotel and leisure areas.

The plans involve the building of a two-storey side extension, repositioned access to Upper Lisburn Road, alterations to the existing access at Balmoral Avenue, internal access roads and public realm works.

Under the proposals, Abbeyfield will operate the care home at the site.

While an operator for the hotel has not been confirmed, "based on market requirements and commercial considerations" it's likely to be a six-story development, according to the documents.

David Burrows from Benmore Octopus told the Belfast Telegraph: "The application for planning permission is the next stage in the development of the site into the King's Hall Health and Wellbeing Centre.

"If successful, this £100m project will pave the way for the most innovative healthcare and wellbeing hub in the UK, which will include a range of primary health care services, community and leisure facilities, care for older people, a gym, restaurant and hotel.

"The regeneration of the site is of regional significance and, crucially, will preserve the iconic King's Hall building at its heart."

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