BANKMORE SQUARE HAS THE PROJECT STALLED
Bankmore Square is across the street from the ETAP hotel and Filthy Nastys Nightclub. Much of the Bankmore Street area was cleared to make way for an inner ring road which was never built. Until this visit I thought that it was Blackmore street rather than Bankmore Street.
In 1860 the Sisters of Mercy founded a home for women and girls at Bankmore Street but handed over to the Good Shepherd Sisters in 1867.
The last time I visited the area there was an unattractive public space and to the best of my knowledge planning permission for the demolition of an old cinema complex was applied for about five years ago. The proposal included the refurbishment of Bankmore Square open space and wider Public realm improvements to surrounding footpath network.
At 11 storeys (50 metres high), Bankmore Square will become the tallest office building in Northern Ireland upon its completion. The structure will feature a large atrium and interconnecting spaces between floors. It promises to be one of Belfast’s iconic buildings, attracting top-end tenants through its distinctive design and world-class office accommodations.