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Presumably the only reason we got that carbuncle and not something more like the NCP in Manchester (shown above) is because the owner was only motivated by money i.e. this option is the cheapest to construct and so maximises profit?
When the developer is Christoper McCausland of ValueCab you can understand why we got this shite.

It baffles me though how it cost £20m. There’s no way in hell that bunker cost that much.The fact the money came from the NI Investment Fund is something I’m very curious about.
 

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Lolz, do you think if member of the public complained before it was approved it would have made the slightest bit of difference? Unless you can protest it on legal grounds your opinion about its shit appearance means f all when it comes to planning.
 

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Fantastic news.

After seeing the round of updates on FutureBelfast, not only is the previous proposal to redevelop the Boots building on Donegall Place, including improved facades, gone- the current plan is to retain the building, including the existing facades, and only focusing on the section on Donegall Place. And dump a few extra ugly floors on top for good measure.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.


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Website here.

Brochure here.

Classic Belfast. You get teased in with something half decent... and then get served up a load of old dung.
 

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Fantastic news.

After seeing the round of updates on FutureBelfast, not only is the previous proposal to redevelop the Boots building on Donegall Place, including improved facades, gone- the current plan is to retain the building, including the existing facades, and only focusing on the section on Donegall Place. And dump a few extra ugly floors on top for good measure.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.


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Website here.

Brochure here.

Classic Belfast. You get teased in with something half decent... and then get served up a load of old dung.
Looks out of place, it’s like they want to complement the boots logo more than the surrounding buildings.
 

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This is yet another reflection of the North's poor economic condition. When the economy is unable to generate real wealth, or jobs, or growth, how do you expect developers to spend money improving the look of a building?
 

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I'd say the investigation and legalities took a long time to resolve. I'm assuming the buildings insurer had to pay out but they will prob want to claim off the insurance company for the idiots performing the restoration work on the roof if they where the ones at fault. I'm just glad work is progressing.
 

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A little more of the Bank Buildings was visible, it looks like the steel structure is sitting around the wall, perhaps it will support the skeleton whilst the building is rebuilt?


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Also, i'm sure somebody posted this building completed, but i can't find it so here it is again- The Kelvin. First time i'd walked past it finished, not too bad at all.


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Interesting read on the bank buildings restoration, published a month ago, never came across it until now.


 

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Hello everyone, I tried looking for a project page for the Botanic Link student accommodation but I couldn't find one, but for anyone interested (I'm not sure many are enthusiastic about this build) they have begun site preparation for it over the past month, and just today installed the base of the crane on site.
 

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Hello everyone, I tried looking for a project page for the Botanic Link student accommodation but I couldn't find one, but for anyone interested (I'm not sure many are enthusiastic about this build) they have begun site preparation for it over the past month, and just today installed the base of the crane on site.
Yeah, it certainly wasn't the most popular proposal on here, mainly on account of the dreadful elevation onto University Road. I guess in the current times, its good to see work going on in the city, i'm sure there'll be a thread up soon!
 

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Good news that work is underway.

I was passing at the weekend and took a photo of activity but wasn't sure if it was for Botanic Link or if the site was being used as a compound for a project elsewhere.





Hello everyone, I tried looking for a project page for the Botanic Link student accommodation but I couldn't find one, but for anyone interested (I'm not sure many are enthusiastic about this build) they have begun site preparation for it over the past month, and just today installed the base of the crane on site.
 

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Hello everyone, I tried looking for a project page for the Botanic Link student accommodation but I couldn't find one, but for anyone interested (I'm not sure many are enthusiastic about this build) they have begun site preparation for it over the past month, and just today installed the base of the crane on site.
Yeah it doesn’t really fit the character of the area. However it is a major build (might qualify as a land scraper) hence deserves a thread.
 
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