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Belfast office block promoted by city council makes the grade

Words: Roger Milne
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Proposals for The Sixth, a £75 million redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building, have been approved by Belfast City Council.

The mixed-use scheme at the bottom of Royal Avenue in the city centre includes 21,367 square metres of creative workspace, alongside ‘active’ ground-floor uses such as cafés, restaurants and retail, and a roof-top running track – a first for Northern Ireland.

The plans were prepared by Turley on behalf of Bel Tel LLP, a pioneering joint venture between County Tyrone construction and development company McAleer & Rushe and the city council, and given the thumbs-up by the planning committee this week.  

Committee chair councillor Matt Garrett said: “The Sixth occupies a strategic location on Royal Avenue that will be a catalyst for further regeneration, bringing a historic heritage building back into use as a forward-thinking workspace for creative businesses. “

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the Sixth will create accommodation for about 2,000 new jobs as part of an emerging creative district.

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