McAleer, Belfast Council JV win planning permission for mixed-use scheme

WCN Editorial Team 21 Feb 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Bel Tel, a joint venture between McAleer & Rushe and Belfast City Council, has secured permission from the council’s planning committee for ‘The Sixth’, a £75m redevelopment of the former Belfast Telegraph building in Northern Ireland.

The mixed-use scheme on Royal Avenue includes 230,000ft² of creative workspace, alongside ‘active’ ground floor uses such as cafes, restaurants and retail and a roof-top running track.

Belfast City Council’s planning committee chair Councillor Matt Garrett said: “The Sixth occupies a strategic location on Royal Avenue that will be a catalyst for further regeneration, bringing a historic heritage building back into use as a forward-thinking workspace for creative businesses.

“The scheme has been specifically designed to respect the existing built heritage in this part of the city, which is set to be further transformed over the next two to three years, and The Sixth will build on the momentum already generated by the Ulster University investment.”

Designed by architectural practice Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), The Sixth will create accommodation for 2,000 high-value jobs as part of an emerging creative district.

Belfast City Council CEO Suzanne Wylie said on behalf of Bel Tel: “The aim of this joint venture is a strategic investment in the city, delivering workspace of a world class scale and quality for local or international occupiers seeking accommodation in the city core.

“Council has a particular focus on wellness and wellbeing within the Belfast Agenda, and the inclusion of a roof-top running track as part of this development, highlights the evolving nature and role of workspace in the city centre.

“By planning for the future, The Sixth will create real estate that better reflects how and where we work, whilst also bringing back into life a building of significance to our city and media’s commercial heritage.”

The project team includes national planning and development consultancy Turley, Sort Design and commercial agents CBRE and Lisney.

McAleer & Rushe property director Stephen Surphlis said: “We are extremely pleased that councillors have supported our plans, and have supported the officer’s recommendation to approve our application.

“We look forward to progressing the development as quickly as funding is in place to deliver the project.”

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Image: CGI of The Sixth mixed-use scheme in Belfast. Photo: Courtesy of McAleer & Rushe.

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