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New life for former newspaper building in Belfast city centre

Words: Roger Milne
Former Belfast Telegraph building / Albert Bridge

Ambitious proposals for a £75 million redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building in Belfast city centre have been unveiled.

The scheme, focused on state-of-the-art workspace, is to be known as ‘The Sixth’ and will include 21,400 square metres of commercial space and ‘active’ ground floor uses such as cafés, restaurants and retail.

The project’s name is inspired by the newspaper’s original evening edition. The street vendors’ call of “Sixth Late Tele” was familiar throughout Belfast for more than a century.

Designed by Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the proposals are set to provide 2,000 jobs as part of an emerging creative district centred on the education, culture, media and technology sectors.

The announcement comes as a Proposal of Application Notice for the scheme was submitted by Bel Tel LLP, the site owners. The LLP, which acquired the site in late 2016, is the first joint venture by Belfast City Council with a private developer, McAleer and Rushe.

Image credit | Albert Bridge