Lux­ury apart­ments to buy or rent in £40m scheme at Sandy Row

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

A NEW £40m lux­ury apart­ment project with the po­ten­tial to cre­ate 250 con­struc­tion jobs could be on the way for close to Sandy Row in Belfast.

The com­mu­nity liv­ing around Well­wood Street are be­ing asked to take part in a pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion about the plans for an apart­ment block called The Al­bion.

Gle­naplin Street Ltd is the de­vel­oper be­hind the plans.

The num­ber of apart­ments has not been re­vealed but a spokesman for ar­chi­tects Like said the project would “rein­vig­o­rate a part of the city that has seen lit­tle in­vest­ment in re­cent years and will cre­ate a vi­brant, in­ter­con­nected neigh­bour­hood”.

Apart­ments on the site at Well­wood Street — which is oc­cu­pied by a car park at the minute — would be to rent or to buy, ac­cord­ing to a pub­lic no­tice about the con­sul­ta­tion. It sug­gests that part of the de­vel­op­ment may be a ‘ build to rent’ scheme, where a de­vel­oper re­tains own­er­ship of hous­ing to rent out in long-term ten­an­cies.

Ciaran Dea­z­ley, project ar­chi­tect from Like Ar­chi­tects, said: “The Al­bion de­vel­op­ment seeks to pro­vide a land­mark build­ing for in­ner city liv­ing.

“It has been de­signed as two build­ings con­nected by a land­scaped square, and a high qual­ity brick and glass façade will bring a con­tem­po­rary pres­ence and vi­brancy to the area.”

Ac­cord­ing to statis­tics quoted by Like Ar­chi­tects, the de­vel­op­ment could help ad­dress pop­u­la­tion de­creases from 25,000 to 4,000 in Sandy Row in re­cent years.

And the de­vel­op­ment would also be lo­cated close to the south­ern edge of Weavers Cross, the fu­ture Belfast Trans­port Hub.

Like Ar­chi­tects has worked on other res­i­den­tial pro­jects in the city, in­clud­ing stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion at Great Pa­trick Street and York Street. It’s also work­ing on the £18.5m of­fice de­vel­op­ment Mer­chant Square at Welling­ton Place.

And it’s also work­ing on a £2.5m con­tract to re­place a derelict build­ing at the top of Tates Av­enue, where it meets the Lis­burn Road. The de­vel­op­ment is for 25 apart­ments.

Belfast’s first build to rent scheme was an­nounced last year — a 19-storey apart­ment block on a car park at Academy Street in the Cathe­dral Quar­ter.

The apart­ment block of 42-one beds and 63 two-beds is planned by Holywood de­vel­oper La­cuna and Welsh de­vel­oper Watkins Jones.

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