Tak­ing in the sea views

For­mer res­i­den­tial care home goes on the mar­ket for £750k in Portrush

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Front Page - BY CHRIS­TINE CAR­RI­GAN

A PLOT of land in Co Antrim with the po­ten­tial to site over 100 homes has gone on the mar­ket with an ask­ing price of over £2m.

The el­e­vated land in Larne has full plan­ning per­mis­sion to build on the site be­tween Tower Road and Bankshead Lane.

The plans pro­pose 96 houses and 16 apart­ments, which will over­look Larne Lough, in an es­tab­lished res­i­den­tial area.

The land is at the site of for­mer St Com­gall’s Col­lege which closed in 2010 due to an amal­ga­ma­tion with other post-pri­mary schools.

In a con­tro­ver­sial merger, the Coun­cil for Catholic Main­tained Schools (CCMS) con­firmed in June 2005 that it planned to amal­ga­mate St Com­gall’s Col­lege, Larne, St Mac­nissi’s Col­lege, Gar­ron Tower, and St Aloy­sius’ High in Cushen­dall into an all-abil­ity school.

The school, St Kil­lian’s, opened in Septem­ber 2010 over both the St Com­gall’s and St Mac­nissi’s sites but has since fully re­lo­cated to just the Gar­ron Tower site in Carn­lough, putting the Larne plot back on the mar­ket.

Fur­ther afield, a re­de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­nity has come on the mar­ket, in Portrush.

York House, a four-storey mid-ter­race prop­erty, was for­merly used as a res­i­den­tial care home by the Pres­by­te­rian Church.

Lo­cated at 13-14 Lands­downe Cres­cent, the prop­erty over­looks the sea in­clud­ing Portrush har­bour and the Sk­er­ries Is­lands.

The ad­join­ing prop­erty, 9–12 Lans­downe Cres­cent, has had plan­ning con­sent granted for con­struc­tion of a 76-bed­room nurs­ing home on five floors over a base­ment. Com­mer­cial proeprty agents O’con­nor, Kennedy and Tur­tle said that whilst the devel­op­ment po­ten­tial of the site is sub­ject to plan­ning, the re­cent nearby con­sents would in­di­cate the ac­cept­abil­ity of var­i­ous uses which might in­clude res­i­den­tial, hos­pi­tal­ity or in­sti­tu­tional. Of­fers in the re­gion of £750,000 will be con­sid­ered.

Brian Tur­tle added: “The sale co­in­cides with a time when Por­tursh is the place to be spend­ing money. With ev­ery­one talk­ing about the up­com­ing golf there is a lot of ex­cite­ment and we are ex­pect­ing a lot of in­ter­est in the prop­erty.”

“The site is re­ally breath­tak­ing with clear un­in­ter­rupted views across the old har­bour to­wards the Sk­er­ries.”

Mean­while, Grade A ground floor of­fice space is avail­able in Belfast.

The 2,676 sq ft space is lo­cated in the newly re­fur­bished ground floor suite of 40 Li­nen­hall Street.

Pre­vi­ously the prop­erty was ad­ver­tised as a joint let­ting with the first floor if wanted, but this was rented to EDG ear­lier this year.

The for­mer mill build­ing was used as a linen fac­tory in the late 19th and early 20th cen­turies.

Es­tate agents Os­borne King have said the suite is also avail­able in a loft style fin­ish along with on-site park­ing. Rent will be in the re­gion of £48,168, with a lease term of 10 years.

Cur­rent ten­ants in the build­ing in­clude the Ir­ish Govern­ment, Up­stream, Johns El­liot solic­i­tors, EDG, Pup­pet Labs and Shop­keep. com.

Richard Mc­caig, let­ting agent for Osbourne King, said: “Only the ground floor space is avail­able fol­low­ing the let­ting of the first floor to EDG ear­lier this year.

“We have a good mix of pro­fes­sional ser­vices and tech­nol­ogy sec­tor ten­ants in the build­ing and have had good in­ter­est to date. It has been re­fur­bished through­out by the land­lord who has also de­liv­ered be­spoke fit-outs for a num­ber of the ten­ants.

“We have the abil­ity to of­fer high qual­ity loft style ac­com­mo­da­tion or a tra­di­tional cor­po­rate fit-out de­pen­dent on oc­cu­pier needs.

“We are seek­ing £18 per sq ft for the space.”

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