Northern Ireland

Plan for new Belfast waterfront office block

Belfast Harbour
Image caption Belfast Harbour said the project would support 600 jobs during its construction phase

Belfast Harbour has submitted a planning application for what would be a third major waterfront office block.

City Quays 3 has a proposed cost of £46m and will be 16-storeys tall.

With a target completion date of late 2019, it will provide Grade A space for 3,000 staff.

The harbour said it will support 600 jobs during its construction phase.

It will be situated beside a hotel, which is currently being built, and two other office developments.

Graeme Johnston, the harbour's property director, said the move "is a reflection of how strong the demand for quality office space in Belfast is".

He added that at 250,000 sq ft, City Quays 3 will be one of the largest office developments in Northern Ireland.

City Quays 1 is home to, among others, US law firm Baker & McKenzie, while City Quays 2 is nearing completion.

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