Belfast City Council to open 'imaginarium' in former Tesco Metro building

The former bank building on Royal Avenue, now owned by Belfast City Council.

BELFAST City Council is to use the former Tesco Metro building on Royal Avenue for a pilot tourism project.

The council acquired the listed building in October after Tesco relinquished its lease on the former bank. The supermarket chain had been a staple of Royal Avenue for 25 years.

Within weeks, Belfast City Council submitted a planning application seeking permission to use the former Tesco Metro store as a community, recreational and cultural space for an initial two years.

The council's planning committee will consider a report recommending approval of the application on Tuesday.

That report reveals the council will launch a pilot concept of “an imaginarium – an immersive experience for visitors to learn about the city”.

It's understood the council paid well below the £4.25 million asking price for the building.

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