A largely vacant site in use as surface car parking. The site extends to approximately 1.2 acres and is bound by North Street, Gresham Street and Winetavern Street.
108 North Street / 1 Gresham Street is a three storey building designed by James Gamble (principle city architect at the City Surveyor’s Office). The building was built c.1908 as the Corporation Gas Showroom and remained in use until the 1980s when it was converted to a butcher’s shop that ceased trading in 2017. The building was B1 listed in April 2016 (HB26/50/321).
120 – 130 North Street was occupied by the Gresham Arcade. The Arcade was a three storey terrace of buildings built during the 1890s. The buildings were demolished in 2002.
140 North Street (at the corner with Winetavern Street) was occupied by the Elephant Buildings. This was a three storey building designed by Robert Watt for W. J. Maguire. The building was occupied by the Elephant Bar and then an off-licence before demolition in 2002.
The majority of the car park site was owned by the same private owner since the 1980s and Car Park Services Ltd have operated a car park on part of the site since at least 1988. The owner of the car park acquired adjacent vacant buildings at North Street in 2008. The buildings were demolished in 2009 and the car park was extended.
Osborne King were appointed fixed charge receiver of the site in March 2013 and placed it on the market in March 2015 with offers invited over £1.75m. The site was acquired by Bywater Capital (Winetavern) Ltd in February 2016.
A joint venture between Bywater Properties and Ashmour proposes to develop 235,000ft2 of office, co-working and workshop space across four buildings. The three storey listed building at the corner of Gresham Street and North Street is proposed for refurbishment as part of the scheme.
Bywater and Ashmour submitted an outline planning application (LA04/2018/2470/O) in October 2018 proposing mixed use buildings (3-9 storeys) comprising basement car parking, ground floor commercial units and office accommodation above. The development also proposes a new pedestrian links between Gresham Street and Winetavern Street and refurbishment of the listed building at the corner of Gresham Street and North Street.
Bywater and Ashmour also submitted a full planning application (LA04/2018/2464/F) in October 2018 proposing the first phase of the development. The application proposes to alter, extend and change the use of the existing listed building to comprise ground floor cafe/restaurant and office accommodation above.
Bywater & Ashmour submitted a proposal of application notice (LA04/2019/2569/PAN) in October 2019 proposing mixed use buildings (4-9 storeys) comprising ground floor commercial units and office accommodation above. A public information event will take place on Thursday 12th December, 2pm – 7.30pm at 29 Gresham Street.
Further details are available at www.buildingblocksbelfast.com.