Stokes House

Last Update: 1 Dec 2018 | General Update

  • Address: 17 - 25 College Square East, Belfast, BT1 6DH
  • Use: Office
  • Size: 36,000 ft2
  • Floors: 6
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  • Planning Status: Approved
  • Project Status: Completed
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  • Architect:

    Barrie Todd Architect

  • Contractor:

    McLaughlin & Harvey

An L-shaped five storey office building at College Square East and Wellington Street. Designed by Barrie Todd and built by McLaughlin & Harvey between 1980 – 1982. The building was damaged during construction by a bomb explosion at Upper Queen Street on 22 August 1981.

KPMG relocated from Stokes House to The Soloist during 2017.

RMI Architects submitted a planning application to refurbish the building in November 2018.


The site was previously occupied by a four storey terrace built in the 1820s. The terrace was damaged by a bomb explosion at Wellington Street on 31 December 1971 and subsequently demolished.

A blue Ulster History Circle plaque on the facade of Stokes House notes that scientist Lord Kelvin (William Thomson) was born at no.17. The property was converted into a cinema and opened as the Kelvin Picture Palace in December 1910. The cinema changed names and owners on a number of occasions; Kelvin Picture House (1934), Kelvin Cinema (1939), New Kelvin Cinema (1943), Mayfair (1946), Belfast News & Cartoon Cinema (1959), The Classic (1969). The cinema closed permanently following substantial bomb damage on 31 December 1971. The adjacent Kensington Hotel, operating since at least 1948, was also damaged and closed permanently. The terrace was demolished and Stokes House was developed between 1980 – 1982.