Northern Ireland

Demolition work begins at Havelock House

Work begins to demolish Havelock House the former home of UTV on the Ormeau Road in south Belfast. Picture by Mal McCann (Mal McCann)

Demolition work has begun at Havelock House in Belfast, the former home of UTV.

Picture by Mal McCann (Mal McCann)

Work began at the site in the Ormeau Road on Monday amid plans to build more than 100 new social homes.

The proposal has been submitted by Lotus Property and developed with the Clanmill Housing Association, subject to planning permission.

Picture by Mal McCann (Mal McCann)

Built in 1871 as a hemstitching warehouse, Havelock House became the home of UTV in 1959, until the broadcaster relocated to Belfast’s City Quays in 2018.

A local campaign group had opposed the plans to demolish the building, which is not listed.