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Northern Ireland round-up: New NI investment fund bankrolls Belfast office block; Capital signs of the time to be listed

Words: Roger Milne

A round-up of planning news in Northern Ireland: 5 May-11 May, 2018

New NI investment fund bankrolls Belfast office block

The newly created Northern Ireland Investment Fund has announced its first project investment – a £20 million senior loan facility to Oakland Limited to finance its Merchant Square development in the capital.

The Planner

Capital signs of the time to be listed

Fourteen old street signs in the capital are set to receive historic listing in a move to ensure that some of the less obvious remnants of Victorian Belfast, including some of the old parliamentary boundary posts, post boxes and telephone kiosks, are preserved.

Belfast Telegraph

Build-to-rent proposals

Quintain, the UK property development arm of opportunity fund Lone Star, has said it is considering Belfast – as well as other Irish cities – for its 'build-to-rent' plans.

Belfast Telegraph

Portrush development finance

A development of 21 flats plus retail space in Portrush has been supported by £2.8 million of funding from Assetz Capital, with the scheme scheduled to complete ahead of the town hosting The Open golf tournament next year.

Belfast Telegraph

Bid to optimize Belfast goods deliveries  

For the first time, Belfast and Dublin City Councils are partnering with Enterprise Ireland to launch a joint Small Business Innovation Research challenge-based competition that’s offering €230,000 to businesses to develop low cost, innovative and commercially viable solutions that can help optimise goods deliveries in both cities.

Belfast City Council

New homes for Derry’s Waterside area

Derry City and Strabane District Council has the given the go-ahead for 48 new homes in the Waterside area of the city.

Derry City & Strabane District Council