Work begins on facelift for Donegall Place home to Boots

How the 35DP project will look on completion.
How the 35DP project will look on completion.

WORK has now started on a major facelift for the building which is home to Boots’ flagship store in Belfast city centre.

The work, which secured planning permission last month, will covert the floors above the chemist into 29,000 sq ft of modern office space.

Bywater Properties and its joint venture partner Ashmour, is behind the Donegall Place project.

The work will also create a new coffee kiosk adjacent to the main office entrance on Donegall Place and a 1,300 sq ft retail unit facing on to Fountain Street.

Co Down firm Graham is now on site. The completed project will be branded as ‘35DP’.

Ashley Stewart, director of Ashmour, said the scheme represents a solution for the current market as it puts occupiers at the heart of the city centre with access to all of its amenities.

“The city centre will need to be re-energised post-Covid 19 and bringing the best out of under-used buildings like 35DP will play a big role in that.

“The pandemic has shown us that workspace needs to be flexible, sustainable and geared towards helping people collaborate.

“People now want to be excited by their place of work. Our design keeps this front of mind and we are confident there will be strong demand.”

Savills have been appointed as letting agents to market the scheme, which is anticipated to be ready for occupation from June 2021.