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17/01/2019

Milestones for major Belfast developments

Words: Roger Milne
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Two major developments in the Northern Irish capital have made significant progress. The first phase of the ambitious Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing scheme gained approval, as did a major new student accommodation project for a location close to Queen's University.

The former King’s Hall site in south Belfast is set to be transformed into a £100 million healthcare and leisure development, which the developer claims will create 500 new jobs.

The 6.5-hectare site on the Lisburn Road is being developed by Benmore Healthcare Developments. It wants to create a ‘primary care centre’, alongside a leisure park, residential care, gym, restaurants and a 160-bedroom hotel.

The first phase of this project will involve the demolition of 29 Balmoral Avenue, and buildings adjacent to and surrounding the listed King’s Hall. It is proposed to restore and refurbish the King’s Hall building, create new floor space within, and construct a two-storey side extension to facilitate a primary healthcare centre.

Meanwhile, in a separate move, Rojem Properties’ plans for a development delivering 156 student bedrooms at a site at Bradbury Place received the go-ahead at the city council’s planning committee meeting earlier this week.

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