Transformation ahead for Armagh House - Morrow

Date published: 10 March 2016

Social Development Minister Lord Morrow MLA today announced the preferred developer to undertake redevelopment work on a former Linen warehouse in Belfast: Armagh House.

Pictured with Social Development Minister Lord Morrow MLA are (left) Simon Moon, Commercial Property Manager and (middle) Aran Blackbourne, Managing Director both from the KARL Group

KARL Asset Management Ltd has been selected to undertake the redevelopment of this characterful building. The works will include top quality office space over four upper levels with the ground floor being converted into a restaurant/café bar and retail space.

Minister Morrow said: “Armagh House has been derelict for a number of years and it is with great anticipation that a preferred developer has now been appointed to take this exciting project forward.

“Located within the Linen Conservation Area of Belfast, one of the aims of the redevelopment will be to retain the external facade and as much of the original character as possible whilst creating a modern and fit for purpose new building.”

The surrounding area has been extensively redeveloped with a number of former linen warehouses converted into office or residential uses.

The Minister continued: “This attractive development will not only add to the vitality of this area but will contribute long-term benefits to the local community through the creation of new job opportunities. A restored Armagh House will serve to complement and further enhance the significant amount of redevelopment across the whole of the City and will enhance the ongoing social and economic renewal of this busy area.”

Aran Blackbourne of Karl Asset Management Ltd commented: “We are thrilled to have been appointed preferred developer for Armagh House. Seldom do opportunities like this come onto the market. The exposed brickwork, generous floor to ceiling heights, extensive glazed elevations and its prominent frontage makes this a unique asset with an abundance of character and charm.

"Subject to planning permission, our aim is to create a mixed use scheme comprising Ground Floor restaurant/café bar/retail space of c. 403 sq m and c. 2,277 sq m of Grade A office space over 4 upper levels. The top floor proposal is a Glulam Frame & roof joists new build with a south facing roof terrace. From our first site visit we could see the fantastic opportunity to create a vibrant and inspiring business space that will appeal to many, particularly the rapidly growing tech and creative industries. As this historic building was once a linen warehouse we have decided to rename it as The Weaving Works”

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  1. A range of artist's impressions of The Weaving Works, along with photographs of the event can be viewed on the DSD Flickr page
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