Consultation is set to begin on a £75m office redevelopment plan being led by Belfast City Council. The public have now been invited to give their views on the development, which will see the conversion of a former news office into new and improved office and commercial space.

The development in one of many happening in Northern Ireland currently which is set to boost jobs and the attraction of Belfast – and we’ll be hearing more at the Northern Ireland Development Plans Conference later in the year – where the Council, Translink, Ulster University, Queens University Belfast and more are set to speak on estate, property and facility development plans.

The site used to house Belfast Telegraph’s office – but has remained derelict since the newspaper vacated to their new base in 2016. The redevelopment would be renamed ‘The Sixth’ – a nod to the newspapers original evening edition.

The project is a joint venture between Belfast City Council and property developer McAleer and Rushe – with the development set to create 650 jobs during construction and more than 2,000 when fully occupied after completion.

The Grade B2-listed building has been extended several times in its history which now has several attached and interconnected buildings which would all be renovated. Non-listed parts of the site are set to be demolished and replaced with a ‘cohesive development sympathetically designed with regard to the surrounding built heritage and streetscape’.

We’re excited to hear the progression from the consultation and more of the projects Belfast City Council are planning at the Northern Ireland Development Plans Conference in June.