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Application submitted for NI’s 'biggest office' scheme

Words: Roger Milne
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A planning application has been submitted by the Richland Group for the development of an office building in Belfast.

At 23,690 square metres, One Bankmore Square, will have enough space to accommodate up to 3,000 employees. The proposals include ground floor space for ancillary cafe, retail and leisure uses. According to joint agent Savills, it will be the "largest single office building in Northern Ireland".

More than 570 jobs are set to be created during the construction of the 12-storey building, which will be located in the city centre at the Movie House cinema site on Dublin Road.

The total development cost is expected to be in the £65 million region, with a target completion date of 2020.

The scheme’s location is a three-minute walk from Belfast City Hall and the new £250 million Transport Hub for Belfast.

The proposal also involves the transformation of Bankmore Square into a focal public open space with potential for an outdoor cinema and public art exhibitions.

Gary McCausland, CEO of Richland Group described the project as a "quantum leap for Belfast's office market".

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