As you are aware, Belfast City Council’s Planning Committee has approved Primark’s listed building consent application for Bank Buildings.
Approval has now been given for Primark’s proposal to begin conservation-led works to take down the top two floors of Bank Buildings, which appear to be the most unstable parts of the building.
Once these unstable elements are removed, work can take place to install a façade retention scheme. It will also make it possible to reduce the cordon and restore pedestrian access between Royal Avenue and Donegall Place, subject to health and safety considerations as work takes place. It is understood that Primark are now ready to commence this work.
We have also agreed a process with Primark which includes a temporary designed walkway which we hope to be in place within weeks.
We have attached two slides which provisionally display the various stages prior to the full reopening of Bank Buildings, however this may change in light of new information as the works proceed. Highlighted in green on slide 1 is the pedestrian tunnel walkway. This is made from scaffolding with protective hoardings which will be lit and have openings into the shops.
We will update on timescales or changes as these become clear.
For more information please visit http://www.belfastcity.gov.uk/home/bankbuilding.aspx