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Belfast office scheme includes the capital’s first roof-top running track

Words: Roger Milne
Credit: istock

A roof-top running track features in the detailed proposals for the £75 million regeneration and restoration of the listed former Belfast Telegraph offices in the capital’s city centre.

A full planning application and associated listed building consent on behalf of developer Bel Tel LLP has been submitted to Belfast City Council by planning consultancy Turley.

The building was bought in 2016 by a pioneering partnership between the local authority and County Tyrone property firm McAleer and Rushe.

They are proposing to refurbish the Victorian redbrick property and demolish the non-listed buildings on the Royal Avenue site, replacing them with a new office block.

The scheme is designed to provide some 21,370 square metres of workspace across seven floors as well as shops, food outlets and an atrium which will be open to the public.

The development is known as ‘The Sixth’, a reference to the call of the paper’s street vendors when selling the final edition of the day.

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