One Bankmore Square

Last Update: 23 Feb 2020 | Project Status Updated

  • Address: 14 Dublin Road, Belfast, BT2 7HN
  • Use: Office
  • Cost: £40,000,000
  • Planning Reference:

    LA04/2020/0297/PAN

  • Planning Status: Pre-Application
  • Project Status: Proposed
  • Start Date:

    2020

  • Completion Date:

    2021

  • Developer:

    Kainos Group

  • Planning Consultant:

    Turley

The site is currently occupied by a four-storey cinema building comprising 10no. screens, two commercial units at ground floor and a 500 space multi-storey car park. The £12m scheme was designed by Consarc Design Group and developed by the Sheridan Group between 1992 – 1993 (planning ref: Z/1990/2630).

Richland Belfast One Ltd (part of the Richland Group) submitted a planning application (LA04/2017/0562/F) with in March 2017 proposing to demolish the existing cinema building (excluding the multi-storey car park) and develop a 12 storey Grade A office building comprising eleven floors of offices (250,000ft2) above a ground floor foyer and retail units (7,500ft2) and basement parking (50 spaces). The proposal also comprises refurbishment of Bankmore Square open space and public realm works to adjacent footpaths. The application was recommended approval in May 2017. The proposed £65m scheme was designed by Todd Architects.

Kainos Group plc announced in February 2019 that it has agreed to acquire the site from Movie House Cinemas Ltd for the development of Kainos’ future Belfast headquarters.  The purchase price is £7.05m, with a 10% deposit paid on exchange and the balance due upon completion.

Kainos submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (LA04/2020/0297/PAN) in February 2020 proposing a new £40m office development on the site.

The Movie House Cinema will close on 26th April 2020.