Belfast Harbour is to continue the push to provide Grade A office space in the city with its latest City Quays waterfront development .
At 250,000 square feet, City Quays 3 will be one of the largest offices to be developed in Northern Ireland.
An applicatino for planning has now been submitted with the £46m project expected to provide space for up to 3,000 workers across 16 storeys and support up to 600 jobs during construction.
Subject to planning approval it is anticipated that construction work will begin at the end of this year with completion due late in 2019.
City Quays 3 is the latest development to be taken forward by Belfast Harbour and will join office buildings City Quays 1 and 2, and a 188-bedroom AC by Marriot hotel.
“Upon completion, Belfast Harbour will have invested £120m in City Quays and developed 450,000 square feet of Grade ‘A’ office space supporting both foreign direct investment (FDI) and indigenous businesses,” said Graeme Johnston, Belfast Harbour’s Property Director.
“As with the two previous offices City Quays 3 will be a speculative development, which is a reflection of how strong demand for this quality of office space in Belfast is.
“We will be tendering for a contractor in tandem with the planning process which we expect to be swift due to Outline Planning Approval being in place.
“City Quays 3 will be built to the BREEAM Excellent sustainability standard and will include roof terraces and winter gardens taking advantage of the waterfront cityscape views.
“Located between City Quays 2 and the new AC by Marriott hotel, the office will also benefit from its proximity to a new public square that is currently being developed as part of the wider scheme.”
Current City Quays tenants include Baker & McKenzie, Cayan, MACOM and NBC. City Quays 3 was designed by Belfast-based architects, RPP.