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Approval to expand Belfast office building to 12 floors

The office building on Belfast's Great Victoria Street. Source: Google

AN office building on Belfast's Great Victoria Street is set to get taller.

SM Great Victoria Street Ltd, a company owned by McAleer and Rushe chairman Seamus McAleer, has been given planning approval to expand the building upwards to 12 floors.

The office tower at 32-36 Great Victoria Street, sits opposite the Europa Hotel.

In August, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive re-located its regional office from inside the building to May Street in the city.

The planning approval paves the way for an extensive refurbishment of the building's exterior. It includes cream limestone cladding at ground and first floor level, buff brick from the second to the tenth floor and aluminium based curtain walling on the top two floors.

When complete, the work is expected to increase the building's overall floorspace to around 90,000 sq ft.

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