£30 Million application seeks to support Linen Quarter regeneration
Further plans for a £30 million redevelopment of buildings on Linenhall Street, Clarence Street and Bedford Street in Belfast have been revealed by Surrey-based development company Domus UK Ltd, owned by NCH Capital Inc.
The proposals, set to be submitted to Belfast City Council in early 2020, expand on plans for a £10million redevelopment of buildings on Linenhall Street and Clarence Street, which has already undertaken pre-application community consultation earlier this month; and it is expected that a planning application for the smaller scheme will be submitted shortly.
The decision to propose a second application to increase the development site to include nos. 34 to 44 Bedford Street comes following positive feedback received during the community consultation process for the redevelopment of nos. 27 to 37 Linenhall Street, located to the south of the Ulster Hall, and nos. 8 to 10 Clarence Street.
These extended plans provide the opportunity to increase the provision of new Grade A office space for the Linen Quarter and raise its contribution to the district’s future job creation and economic prosperity.
Ian Layford, Investment Director for Domus UK Ltd commented: “During the recent pre-application consultation for our redevelopment of Clarence St and Linenhall St there was great encouragement for further regeneration of the Linen Quarter. In addition to redeveloping under-utilised space such as the car park at the intersection of Clarence St and Linenhall St, our latest plans will also seek to revive a selection of existing buildings on Bedford St to offer much-needed, high quality offices. Our new, larger proposals will increase our investment in the area, and is testament to our confidence in Belfast’s position as an attractive trade, employment and leisure destination.”
The new proposal will provide Grade A office space with alternative ground floor uses, and has been designed by Hester Architect practice. The regeneration will look to respect the rich built heritage of the surrounding Linen Conservation Area whilst future-proofing the Linen Quarter’s position as a landmark business and leisure district.
The Linen Quarter, which has been a longstanding business district for Belfast city, has been experiencing a significant regeneration in recent months, including the BBC’s proposals for the redevelopment of Broadcasting House on Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, which will see the creation of a new ‘central hub’ linking the existing BBC buildings and development of a new public plaza on Linenhall Street.
Philip Stinson, Director with the project’s planning consultants Turley also commented: “We are delighted to support Domus UK in its plans to bring further regeneration to the Linen Quarter. The new extended plans will seek to redevelop spaces in the district and support the city’s ambitions to offer greater city centre employment and investment opportunities.”
Subject to planning approval, the redevelopment plans will begin in winter 2020. As part of the Pre-Application Community Consultation process, Domus UK Ltd will run a drop-in public exhibition on 16th January from 3pm – 7pm at the Clayton Hotel, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast, to further discuss its proposals with the public.