Planning application submitted for major Belfast office project

By Neil Logan

A planning application has been submitted to Belfast City Council for a commercial property project that is being hailed as the most significant office scheme in the capital in the last decade.

The project is being called One Bankmore Square and would provide Grade A office space for 3,000 workers. It is located at the Movie House cinema site on Dublin Road in Belfast, and if approved, would support 600 construction jobs and take two years to complete. The Richland Group are the developers behind the £65million commercial property, and they are hoping for a decision on the application from Belfast City Council "promptly", having already been through a public consultation.

Gary McCausland, chief executive at The Richland Group described the commercial office project as "a quantum leap for Belfast's office market" that would bring "world-class Grade A office accommodation to the heart of the city in a single-phase development".

The commercial property market in Belfast has shown great resilience in the past few years, but the need for top class office space has continually been highlighted as an urgent requirement to encourage more investment in Northern Ireland.

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