£60 Million Plans submitted for new city centre hotel and office development

New plans for an exciting regeneration development have been submitted to transform the Norwich Union House building into a high quality mixed-use complex.

The £60 Million proposed development consists of new grade A city centre office space and a 174-bedroom hotel.

The plans, being brought forward by ES NUH Ltd, will provide a much-needed investment and regeneration of the Castle Street and Fountain Street area which has been severely impacted by the Bank Building fire in 2018.

The proposals will see the existing site of Norwich Union House replaced with a new 6-storey mixed-use building that will deliver 243,000 sq. ft gross new build floor-space to include Grade A office space and a 174 bedroom hotel. The future-looking development will also feature the integration of a number of a ground floor units offering business and leisure opportunities as part of its prominent street frontage.

The new landmark development will seek to support a vibrant and active streetscape along Queen Street, Fountain Street and Castle Street and enhance the area’s attractiveness following a difficult period for local businesses following the fire at the city centre Primark store.

The Grade A office space will be provided over 6 floors whilst 174 bedrooms will be provided to continue to serve the ongoing need for well-located and high quality Belfast city centre hotel accommodation. The Norwich Union House redevelopment plans have been submitted to Belfast City Council following a 12 week Pre-Application Community Consultation process. Subject to planning approval, work on the site could begin in early 2020 and provide up to 400 construction jobs.

Stephen Surphlis of ES NUH Ltd commented:

“We are delighted to submit these regeneration plans and provide a much-needed investment in this part of Belfast City Centre. This area has suffered recently as a result of the Bank Buildings fire and our vision is to bring the area to life again through this exciting mix-of-uses. The Castle Street, Fountain Street and Queen Street area has great potential to become an emergent place for entrepreneurial activity and to be used as a base for leisure and business travellers visiting the city. We have undertaken a very engaging and insightful pre-application process and hope the plans will be welcomed by Belfast City Council in the time ahead.”

John Davison, Director at planning and development consultancy Turley said:

“Following a successful period of pre-application community consultation we are delighted that these plans are now submitted. We look forward to supporting a successful process and being part of the long term ambition of regenerating this emerging part of the city centre.”

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