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Hospital and BTR block approved for Belfast

Words: Roger Milne
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Two major projects in the capital were approved this week by the city council’s planning committee – a new £250 million children’s hospital in west Belfast, and revised and reconsidered plans for the city’s first build-to-rent apartment scheme earmarked for a conservation area in the city centre.

The new hospital will be located at the Royal Victoria Hospital complex and will require the demolition of the existing Bostock House. It will have a total floor area of about 53,878 square metres over 10 floors, with provision for rooftop plant.

The development site extends across 2.3 hectares and is close to Grosvenor Road and the Falls Road, around a kilometre from the city centre.

The other project signed off this week is the £15 million, 16-storey residential tower proposed by Holywood firm Lacuna and Welsh developer Watkin Jones, for a site at Academy Street in the Cathedral Quarter.

The city’s first build-to-rent (BTR) project had been approved last year but had to be reconsidered following highway issues and concern from the Department of Communities Historic Environment Division over the scheme’s impact on nearby listed buildings. The scheme was originally 19 storeys high and provided 105 units, eventually scaled back to 90 one and two-bedroom flats.

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