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Northland House 3-5a Frederick Street, Belfast, BT1 2NH

Office Property (34,737.00 sqft) For Sale by Private Treaty
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Price Guide price £2,500,000

Features

  • Unique development opportunity situated opposite the new University of Ulster campus, a £250m construction project.
  • Existing 6 storey office building comprises c. 34,737 sq ft (Gross Internal Area) on a 0.4 acre site (approximately).
  • Potential to develop up to c. 93,200 sq ft gross internal area (subject to planning permission & all required statutory approvals).
  • Potential for a Boutique Hotel, Offices and student / residential homes with an element of ground floor retail / restaurant / coffee shop fronting onto Frederick Street.
  • Offers sought in excess of £2,500,000 exclusive (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling)

Location

Northern Ireland’s population is one of the youngest in Europe, with 55 per cent of the population under the age of 40. The people of Northern Ireland are also among the happiest in the United Kingdom, with Fermanagh & Omagh recently identified as the happiest places to live in the UK.  Belfast was also recently nominated the best place to visit in 2018 by Lonely Planet.

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland and is ranked the 14th largest city in the United Kingdom and the 10th largest conurbation. The city is located approximately 103 miles north of Dublin and 70 miles south east of Londonderry.

The city has a resident population of approx. 339,000 and 670,000 in the wider metropolitan area. The Belfast City Council area accounts for 18.3% of the population and 31% of all jobs in Northern Ireland.

Belfast has an excellent communications network. The M2 motorway provides access to the north towards Antrim and Londonderry and the M1 motorway provides access to the south and west of the province towards Lisburn and Dublin.

The city benefits from four railway stations and the Belfast to Dublin train route has a journey time of approx. 1 hour 50 minutes. The two airports, George Best Belfast City and Belfast International, provide access to all major UK and international locations including America and mainland Europe.

Situation

Located on the edge of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and in close proximity to the new University of Ulster campus to the north of Belfast city centre, the immediate area is currently undergoing significant regeneration comprising the University, student housing and private rented sector developments both on site and in the pipeline. 

With four campuses, Ulster University caters for nearly 27,000 students. This includes one of the largest provisions in computing in the UK and Ireland. 

It is expected that there will be 12,000 students and 1,250 staff studying and working in the area.

Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter provides a link between the city centre and the relocated Ulster University Campus.

The property is in close proximity to  Castle Court Shopping Centre and a short walk to the Cathedral Quarter.

The area surrounding the site is mixed use comprising residential, commercial, and educational providing excellent access to the Motorway network.

Located on the edge of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter and in close proximity to the new University of Ulster campus to the north of Belfast city centre, the immediate area is currently undergoing significant regeneration comprising the University, student housing and private rented sector developments both on site and in the pipeline. With four campuses, Ulster University caters for nearly 27,000 students. This includes one of the largest provisions in computing in the UK and Ireland. It is expected that there will be 12,000 students and 1,250 staff studying and working in the area. Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter provides a link between the city centre and the relocated Ulster University Campus. The property is in close proximity to Castle Court Shopping Centre and a short walk to the Cathedral Quarter. The area surrounding the site is mixed use comprising residential, commercial, and educational providing excellent access to the Motorway network.

Full Description

Northland House is a 6 storey office building constructed in the 1960s fronting onto Frederick Street. The building footprint is ‘T’ shaped with an extension stepping down to 4 storeys at the rear.

A partial refurbishment was recently undertaken to the lower floors comprising carpet flooring, plastered and painted walls, suspended ceilings with recessed lighting.  In addition there is perimeter trunking and an oil fired heating system. 

There are c. 31 on-site parking spaces provided at ground level to the rear and accessed off Frederick Street. 

The perimeter of the building is adjoined by the pedestrian footpath along the building frontage, a surface level car park to the west, a five storey commercial building to the East and a primary school to the rear. 

We also understand there is an NIE substation* on site.

*For further information contact the selling agent.

Planning

The site is located on the northern edge of Belfast city centre as identified in BMAP.  This falls within the Laganside North and the Docks Character Area and the subject property has been zoned as ‘White Land’ within the ‘City Centre limit’.

We understand that the following planning application opposite was previously approved on the property but has now lapsed - Planning Reference Number Z/2010/0063/F

Viewing Details

By special appointment with the sole letting agent, Lisney.

Accommodation

    FLOOR

    SQ M

    SQ FT

    Ground Floor

    281

    3,025

    First Floor

    619

    6,663

    Second Floor

    619

    6,663

    Third Floor

    619

    6,663

    Fourth Floor

    549

    5,910

    Fifth Floor

    540

    5,813

    Total

    3,227

    34,737


    Development Option

    As per architects advice a potential development could comprise a 10 storey office building to maximise floorplate size and density of the site.

    The overall scheme could provide c. 93,200 sq ft (GIA).


    Alternative Uses

    While this is one option the property has potential for a Boutique Hotel, Offices and student/residential homes with an element of ground floor retail/restaurant/coffee shop fronting onto Frederick Street (subject to all necessary consents).


    Please Note

    All interested parties should make their own enquiries into the development potential.


    EPC

    The building has a rating of E105. A full report is available on request.


    Method of Sale

    Private Treaty

     

    Guide Price

    We are instructed to seek offers in excess of £2,500,000 exclusive (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterling) for our client’s interest, subject to contract and exclusive of VAT. 

    Rates

    We have been advised by the Land and Property Services website of the following Net Annual Value (NAV), with the breakdown as follows:

    NAV: £180,000

    Rate in the £ payable for 2017/2018 is £0.592681

    Total rates payable £106,682.58 per annum for the year 2017/18.

     

    Stamp Duty 

    This will be the responsibility of the purchaser.

     

    Customer Due Diligence

    As a business carrying out estate agency work we are required to verify the identity of both the vendor and the purchaser as outlined in the following:

    The Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017 - http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2017/692/made

    Any information and documentation provided by you will be held for a period of five years from when you cease to have a contractual relationship with Lisney.

    The information will be held in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on our client file and will not be passed on to any other party, unless we are required to do so by law and regulation.

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Contact Details

Address: Montgomery House, 29-33 Montgomery Street, Belfast BT1 4NX
Telephone: +44-2890-501501 or you can also email us at property@lisney-belfast.com

Lisney for themselves and the Vendor/Lessor whose Agents they are give notice that:

1. These particulars do not constitute any part of an offer or contract.

2. All statements contained in these particulars as to this property are made without responsibility on the part of the Agents or the Vendor/Lessor and none of the statements contained in these particulars as to this property are to be relied on as statements or representations of fact.

3. The particulars, various plans, photographs, dimensions, references to condition and permissions for use and occupation  are given in good faith and are believed to be correct but their accuracy is not guaranteed and any intending Purchasers or Tenants shall satisfy themselves by inspection or otherwise as to correctness of each of them. No omission, accidental error or misdescription shall be ground for a claim for compensation or for the rescission of the contract by either the Vendor/Lessor or the Purchaser/Tenant.

  4. Neither the Vendor/Lessor nor Lisney nor any person in their employment has any authority to make or give any representation or warranty whatever in relation to the property. 5. Prices are quoted exclusive of VAT (unless otherwise stated) and all negotiations are conducted on the basis that the Purchaser/Tenant shall be liable for any VAT arising on the transaction. PSRA No. 001848.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.

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