Smith­field car park plan sub­mit­ted

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY RYAN MCALEER

A BID to trans­form a car park at Belfast’s Smith­field Mar­ket into a multi-mil­lion pound of­fice and re­tail de­vel­op­ment has moved for­ward.

An out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted by By­wa­ter Prop­er­ties and Ash­mour for the 1.25 acre site be­tween Gre­sham Street and Wine­tav­ern Street, close to Royal Av­enue.

The Build­ing Blocks project, which the ap­pli­cants claim could cre­ate up to 650 con­struc­tion jobs, in­cludes the re­fur­bish­ment of the listed Butcher’s Build­ing.

By­wa­ter and Ash­mour said around 200 peo­ple fed into a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on their plan.

The bid would see around half the 235,000sq ft floor space be­ing cre­ated ded­i­cated for of­fice use, ac­com­mo­dat­ing around 1,500 peo­ple.

The re­main­der will be a com­bi­na­tion of work­shop, re­tail and co-work­ing space.

Theo Michell from By­wa­ter said: “We were pleased with the over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive re­sponse to the il­lus­tra­tive vi­sion we set out through the con­sul­ta­tion process.

“We set out a strong set of core guid­ing prin­ci­ples for the scheme and we were en­cour­aged by the feed­back from the com­mu­nity to our plans.

“We have taken on board the views ex­pressed and now look for­ward to en­gag­ing with the city plan­ners to move the project on to the next phase.”

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