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Developers submit official bid for 778 waterside apartments in Belfast's Titanic Quarter

The Loft Lines scheme would see around 800 apartments spread across three blocks built next to Titanic Belfast.

THE developers behind a major residential scheme set to dominate the skyline of Belfast’s Titanic Quarter have formally submitted a planning application.

The Loft Lines proposes the construction of 778 waterfront apartments across three blocks next to Titanic Belfast, which under current plans, would limit views of the landmark tourism attraction from the city centre.

Lacuna Developments and the Watkin Jones Group are joint developers for the scheme, with Belfast Harbour and Titanic Quarter Limited signed on as project partners.

The developers have already carried out a pre-application public consultation exercise.

It has now submitted a full planning application for the 3.8-acre site.

Around 151 units will be allocated for social housing, all in the same residential block.

The remaining 627 units will be allocated for the rental market, comprised of around 500 (one, two and three bedroom) apartments; including 121 one-person studio apartments; and ten two person accessible apartments.

A statement from the developers on Wednesday confirmed their proposal will be for a fully managed site, with wi-fi, gym and a front-of-house concierge service all factored into the rent.

It said the project “aims to deliver a level of residential amenities unseen in Belfast to date”.

Proposals include resident lounges, sports and recreational spaces, gyms, flexible working space, private dining spaces, games rooms, cinema rooms and children’s play areas.

Anthony Best, director of Lacuna Developments said The Loft Lines scheme would effectively build a new city centre community in the Titanic Quarter.

Alex Pease, chief investment officer of the Watkin Jones Group added: “The Loft Lines will be a fantastic place to live and a major draw for people to the Titanic Quarter, as well as help to cement Belfast’s fast-growing reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

“The places we build are designed to generate long-term value for the community over many decades and I’m thrilled at the prospect of seeing people make their home here.”

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