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All change in Belfast city centre

Words: Roger Milne
Belfast Primark

Major changes to the Northern Ireland capital are in prospect now high street giant Primark is poised to demolish the adjoining 60-year old Commonwealth House to facilitate a huge extension to its store.

Built in the early 1950s, Commonwealth House was formerly home to government offices, including the Historic Environment Division.

It's thought the new extension, once built, will mirror the listed Bank Buildings where Primark is currently based.

The development will be one of the largest retail builds in the city since Victoria Square opened eight years ago.

Meanwhile in a separate move, Orby Investments are planning to redevelop a city centre car-park and a 1980s building into a mixed-use development that offers both commercial and retail floor space in Chichester Street.

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