Northern Ireland

Belfast 'Old Tech' building sold

A postcard of the college, believed to date back to the early 1900s Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption A postcard of the college, believed to date back to the early 1900s

The Edwardian 'Old Tech' building in Belfast has been sold for an undisclosed sum to private developers.

The building, on College Square East, is owned by Belfast Metropolitan College.

Belfast Met put the listed building up for sale after relocating to its new Titanic Quarter campus in 2011.

The buyers are due to make their plans for the site public later this week. It has planning permission for a range of alternative uses.

The five-storey Belfast Technical College was built between 1902 and 1906 and was occupied by the college up until its relocation.

Brian Wilkinson from agents McKibbin Commercial, which handled the sale for Belfast Met, said the transaction was due to be completed imminently.

"After a widespread marketing of the property there was strong local, national and global interest in the building due to its significant size, strategic location in Belfast city centre allied to the recovery in the local property market," he said.

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