Centre House (previously RAC House) is a 5 – 8 storey office building at the corner of Chichester Street (nos. 69 – 87) and Victoria Street (nos. 149 – 159) comprising ground floor retail units (c12,600 ft2) and office accommodation above (c62,300 ft2).
The building was developed in two phases (Ref: Z/1975/0126). The first section, fronting Chichester Street is five-storeys built 1976 – 1977. The second phase, built in the early 1990s, is eight-storeys extending along Victoria Street to Gloucester Street.
SP Properties and Povall Worthington Architects submitted a planning application (Z/2006/2137/F) in September 2006 proposing to extend the ground floor entrance lobby. The application was approved in November 2006 and during 2007 a the communal areas throughout the building were refurbished. The building was then reportedly sold later in 2007 for c£20m.
Colliers placed the building on the market in December 2013 seeking offers over £4.6m, however it was removed from the open market in early 2014 as a result of the sale of NAMA’s NI loan portfolio (including Centre House) to Cerberus Capital Management.
Kilmona Holdings now propose to extend the existing building in phases to provide an additional c17,500ft2 of office accommodation. A planning application (LA04/2016/0581/F) prepared by Coogan & Co Architects and Strategic Planning proposes “extension of existing office building to provide additional office floorspace and single retail unit, including the demolition of existing 3 storey office building 9 Gloucester Street [Seymour House]“. The application was approved in January 2017.
Kilmona Holdings and Causeway Asset Management announced in March 2017 that they are exploring an alternative redevelopment option for the building which could comprise up to 250,000ft2 of Grade A office accommodation (see image gallery below).