French firm Stargime presses ahead with proposals to transform Belfast site into grade an office space
Stargime has actually purchased Graham House at Albert Square in Belfast city center, and has plans at turning the structure into a huge office development.
It is now pushing together with a pre-application event, which is now a requirement of major new advancements.
Stargime took on Graham House in December 2015 and propose to redevelop the website to offer approximately 80,000 sq. feet of grade A office accommodation.
Richard Bowman of Strategic Planning stated it was prematurely to discuss the scale and size of the new development.
It follows the Paris-based business meeting a wall over plans to construct a modern extension on to the previous First Trust Bank building, designed by Queen’s University Architect Sir Charles Lanyon, at Queen’s Square in the heart of the city.
A third-party report commissioned for Belfast City Council raises severe concerns over the substantial disadvantages of the effect on both the listed structure and the setting in the square.
And it suggested the development must not be put forward for approval. It has actually raised concerns over the impact it might have on the initial 1850s building.
That might imply the city potentially losing on a multi-million-pound investment from a significant international business, with which Stargime has said it is in an advanced phase of negotiations.
In its design statement, planners state that could be worth over 400m to the Northern Ireland economy over a 15-year period.
The office advancement received a variety of letters of objection and issues.
Mr. Bowman of Strategic Planning, which is behind both advancements here, said it was returning to the drawing board over the First Trust Bank building.
We are back to the drawing board on that, he stated.
Planners weren’t pleased with the very first application, so we are taking a look at another technique, and are going through different research studies.
Last year a report from Invest NI cautioned Northern Ireland might lose out on bring in essential foreign direct investment due to an absence of prime office space.
And aside from Invest NI concerns, a variety of reports from commercial property companies have also mentioned a severe lack of top-end office space as a major concern.