The Bakery

Last Update: 19 Jun 2016 | General Update

  • Address: 307 - 341 Ormeau Road, Belfast, BT7 3GL
  • Use: Residential
  • Additional Uses: Retail
  • Units: 156
  • Floors: 5
  • Cost: £16,000,000
  • Planning Reference:


  • Planning Status: Approved
  • Project Status: Completed
  • Start Date: September 2005
  • Completion Date: July 2009
  • Developer:

    Big Picture Developments Ltd

  • Architect:

    RPP Architects

  • Contractor:

    Graham Construction

  • Demolition Contractor:

    McCallan Bros. Ltd

  • M & E Consultant:

    Caldwell Consulting

  • Project Manager:

    Johnston Houston

A five-storey residential development comprising 156 apartments over 17,000ft2 of retail space at ground floor. The development incorporates part of the 1890 Ormeau Bakery building.



Big Picture Developments Ltd and RPP Architects submitted a planning application (Z/2005/1537/F) in 2005 proposing to redevelop the site. Graham Construction commenced works in September 2005 and completed in July 2009.

The first occupier of the ground floor retail units at The Bakery was a Tesco Express store (opened 26 May 2013). Other retailers followed, including The Wine Company, Karolina Shop and Boden Park Coffee Co.


History of the Bakery

The Ormeau Bakery was opened by Robert Wilson in 1890 and continued to operate under three generations of the Wilson family until Andrew Mills acquired the company in 1980.

In January 2004 British Bakeries announced that it would close the Ormeau Bakery in Belfast and transfer production to its Mother’s Pride site on the Apollo Road. Production at the Ormeau Road site stopped in the spring of 2004 after more than 100 years. (How the Bakery appeared in November 2005)