Library Square

Last Update: 30 Nov 2019 | General Update

  • Address: 12 - 16 Library Street, Belfast, BT1 2PP
  • Use: Residential
  • Units: 59
  • Floors: 9
  • Planning Reference:

    Z/2004/2011/F

  • Planning Status: Approved
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Start Date:

    2005

  • Completion Date:

    2006

  • Developer:

    Crossover Developments Ltd

  • Architect:

    Gregory Architects

A nine storey residential building comprising ground floor parking and 59 apartments on the upper floors.

The site at 13 Kent Street, 12- 16 Library Street and Union Street was previously occupied by a four-storey warehouse building constructed c1920. A betting shop managed by S.P. Graham operated at 12-14 Library Street since at least 1975.

SP Graham Ltd obtained planning approval (Z/1998/2198) in 1998 to develop a three storey building comprising ground floor retail units upper floor office accommodation. A further planning approval (Z/2001/1272/F) in 2001 permitted the restoration and redevelopment of the existing four storey red brick warehouse at 16 Library Street for office accommodation. Neither development progressed.

Sean Graham Bookmakers submitted a planning application (Z/2003/3077/F) in December 2003 proposing to develop an eight storey building comprising ground floor parking and bookmakers shop and apartments on the upper floors. The application was approved in June 2004 and in August 2004 Sean Graham Bookmakers submitted an application (Z/2004/2011/F) to amend the permission. The amendment was approved in November 2004.

The Library Square apartment development was completed in 2006.

The BBC reported in November 2019 that over 50 owners of apartments are taking class action over alleged flaws in construction of the building. The BBC reported that the owners have been seeking compensation from the builders and engineers since 2016. The High Court heard in November 2019 that the case is close to a resolution but a dispute remains over whether the building can be economically repaired.