14/03/2018

Redevelopment Plans Of Former Belfast Telegraph Building Revealed

Plans for a £75 million redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building have been revealed.

The proposals will deliver 2,000 jobs as part of an emerging creative district centred on the education, culture, media and technology sectors.

The scheme, to be named 'The Sixth', will include 230,000 sq ft of commercial space and 'active' ground floor uses such as cafes, restaurants and retail.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the announcement comes as a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) for the scheme was submitted by Bel Tel LLP, the site owners. The LLP, which acquired the site in late 2016, is the first joint venture by Belfast City Council with a private developer, McAleer and Rushe.
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Stephen Surphlis, Property Director of McAleer and Rushe, on behalf of Bel Tel LLP, said: "These are important proposals that will bring a landmark building associated with the news industry back into use for a digital age. Adjacent to both the Ulster University Campus and Central Library, The Sixth will play an important role in the regeneration of Belfast by delivering high quality workspace for global and local businesses, particularly those in the professional, creative and technology sectors."

Councillor Mairead O'Donnell, Chair of Belfast City Council's City Growth and Regeneration Committee, explained: "This is an exciting milestone for what is Belfast City Council’s first joint venture with a private sector developer. As part of the delivery of our City Centre Regeneration and Investment Strategy, the Council made the strategic decision to invest in this part of the city centre and stimulate further regeneration."

(CD/LM)

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