45 Dublin Road

Last Update: 4 Sep 2016 | General Update

  • Address: 45 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HD
  • Use: Leisure
  • Size: 9,000 ft2
  • Floors: 2
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  • Planning Status: Approved
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Start Date: 1984
  • Completion Date: 1985
  • Developer:

    U.S. Inns Ltd

U.S. Inns Ltd acquired 41-49 Dublin Road (excluding ground floor of no.47) and 3-5 Ventry Street in 1984 and over the next number of years carried out refurbishment and alterations to the various properties to create an entertainment complex comprising Dempsey’s, Pips and the Elbow Room.

The ground floor of no.47 Dublin Road has remained in separate ownership and occupied by a bookmakers since at least 1986.

Whilst trading as Pips International in 1993 the building was refurbished and a new facade installed. In 1999 while trading as Dempsey’s International the building was refurbished and front facade altered.

The Diamond Group (controlled by Mr Harry Diamond) submitted a planning application (Z/2000/2978/F) in December 2000 proposing to demolish 41-49 Dublin Road and develop a mixed-use scheme comprising basement car-parking, 9-storey office building, 2-storey public house and a  bookmakers. The application was withdrawn in August 2001 and a revised planning application (Z/2001/2101/F) was submitted in the same month by the Diamond Group. The revised application proposed demolition of 41-49 Dublin Road and development of a mixed-use scheme comprising basement car-parking, 6-storey office building, 1-storey public house and a bookmakers. The revised application was approved in July 2002 although no development proceeded.

Jermon Developments Ltd acquired 41-49 Dublin Road and 3-5 Ventry Street in April 2007. Jermon had previously acquired the land to the rear (fronting Great Victoria Street and comprising Fanum House) in 1998 and proposed a development scheme known as Meridian Plaza.

Jermon appointed RMI Architects in 2007 to develop mixed-use development scheme incorporating the enlarged site known as South Bank Square.

A fire within 45 Dublin Road (Dempsey’s Bar) in September 2007 caused extensive damage and the premises were closed.

Jermon Developments carried out refurbishment works (ref: Z/2010/0372/F) to the ground floor and facade of no.45 during early 2010 and a new licensed premises called Filthy McNasty’s opened in April 2010.

Jermon Developments portfolio of land was placed into receivership in June 2010, including the South Bank Square site. The South Bank Square site (excluding nos.41-49 Dublin Road) was acquired by South Bank Square Ltd (controlled by Mr Seamus Gillan) during late 2011.

FMN Properties Ltd (a company associated with Jermon Developments) acquired nos.41-49 Dublin Road (excluding no.47) and 3-5 Ventry Street in February 2014.

FMN Properties and J. Aidan Kelly Ltd submitted a planning application (LA04/2015/0723/F) in June 2014 proposing a two storey extension to rear of no.45 and change of use of no.49 to licensed premises.