Historic linen factory in Belfast to be repurposed and expanded with office tower

The renovation of a former Victorian linen warehouse and a 17-story office extension have been given the go-ahead in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

And after sitting empty and disused for around 20 years, work can now begin on transforming the building and surrounding area.

The warehouse was completed in 1869 and extended twice, in 1883 and then in 1937.

Bedford Street Enterprises Ltd – part of the McAleer & Rushe Group – which owns the site, is proposing alteration, refurbishment and extension of the building to provide grade A office accommodation with basement car parking.

Belfast City Council planners said the proposed “addition of approximately 17,000 square metres of office space in the tower development is welcomed at this location, which is within the city centre office area contained in the development plan“.

The new development could bring in around 2,000 additional people to the Bedford Street area, according to the planning statement.

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