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Bedford Square second phase approved

28 Jul 16 McAleer & Rushe has secured planning approval from Belfast City Council for the second phase of its Bedford Square scheme.

A 17-storey office block will be built behind the old Ewart Building, which itself will be refurbished
A 17-storey office block will be built behind the old Ewart Building, which itself will be refurbished

Planning approval paves the way for more than 215,000 sq ft of new grade A office space for the city.

Phase two of the city centre development consists of a new 17-storey office building providing 182,598 sq ft of grade A office accommodation, as well as the refurbishment of the listed William Ewart building to create a further 34,942 sq ft of space. The Ewart building a former linen warehouse, has been vacant for more than 25 years.

Work is expected to start on site in the coming months. McAleer & Rushe is in talks with potential office occupiers.

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The first phase of the project was completed in 2006 and is home to the headquarters of Invest Northern Ireland. The latest buildings are on adjacent sites and arranged around a new public piazza in Belfast city centre.

McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said: “This planning approval is a welcome boost to the Belfast office market, with the second phase of Bedford Square bringing a landmark building back into active use after many years of vacancy and helping to alleviate the shortage of grade A space in the city.

“The first phase of Bedford Square has been a great success and we now have the opportunity to complete the vision with the creation of much-needed business space and new public realm which, together with our Maldron Hotel and QUB student accommodation developments on the adjoining Brunswick Street site, will make a huge contribution to the regeneration of Belfast’s Linen Quarter and this part of the city.”

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