In an attempt to make up for office shortage in Belfast, property developer Paddy Kearney has plans to develop a range of large office buildings throughout the city over upcoming years.
Paddy Kearney of Kilmona Holdings are to construct two large buildings on East Bridge Street as part of a new development titled Lanyon Central.
It will comprise of four separate buildings, including 14 storey and 10 storey office buildings, together with two smaller buildings.
Belfast City Council planning members believe the proposal would constitute an acceptable development at this location and would provide the regeneration of a brownfield site within the city centre.
Office development plans
Kilmona Holdings revealed the investment is worth £55 million with the potential to open as much as 350 construction jobs over the course of two years.
The buildings would have a 2,500 staff capacity once completed.
The development will officially be presented before the planning committee on Tuesday, being put forward for approval.
It would be a major single office development proposed for the city in more than ten years.
The development will also have amenities including retail units, car parking which would be at a lower ground floor level plus an external plaza.
The development will make home on an empty brownfield site adjacent to Central Station.
East Belfast locals
However, the major development has raised issues among locals including Finance Minister, Sinn Fein MLA Mairtin O Muilleoir who feels the development would dominate residential properties within immediate proximity.
The planners responded that considering the urban city centre context, the height of the proposed buildings would not negatively affect the immediate area.
The planned form and height of the proposal is said to establish a presence that is level to the scale and massing of other commercial buildings in the immediate environment that are accepted as appropriate.
Elsewhere in the city, Paddy Kearney has also applied for planning permission in other parts of the city to build another new office development. This is as Kilmona Holdings has plans to demolish Scottish Amicable House at Donegall Square South, next to his hotel Ten Square to build a nine storey office development.
Kearney had initially applied for permission for the building to be used a further extension to the hotel, with a request to add over 60 more bedrooms. Kilmona Holdings claim the application has not been withdrawn but is instead adding options at the site.