Norwich Union House

Student Accommodation development
Including Retail use

1-7 Fountain Street, 24-40 Castle Street and 6-8 Queen Street, BT1 5EA

About Norwich Union House

Norwich Union House is six storey retail and office building extending to c37,000 sq ft. The building comprises 8 retail units on the ground floor along with five floors of office space on the upper floors. The site also has a 200 space multi storey car park. The 6-8 Queen Street site is currently vacant. Norwich Union House was previously a World War 2 bomb site and was constructed in the 1960s for Norwich Union. The site has since been acquired by McAleer & Rushe for redevelopment.

In September 2019, ES NUH Ltd - a development company associated with McAleer and Rushe - submitted a planning application (LA04/2019/2299/F) seeking to demolish the existing site and develop a 7 storey building which fronts onto Castle Street/ Fountain Street that would comprise of retail space at the ground floor, with six storeys of offices above. The proposals also included an 8 storey, 144 bedroom hotel which fronted on 6-8 Queen Street. The hotel element of the scheme was later removed from the proposals and replaced by additional office accommodation.

This application was approved by Belfast City Council in April 2020.

In MRP NUH Limited, a development company associated with McAleer and Rushe, submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) (LA04/2024/0562/PAN) proposing demolition of existing buildings and construction of Purpose Built Multi Storey Managed Student Accommodation and associated shared/ancillary spaces with ground floor retail/retail service units, resident's gym/cinema and ancillary development/uses.

There has been previous planning applications for the site including:

  • Z/2006/2040/F - Demolition of existing building and erection of 7 storey building, retail on ground floor with office above. (Submitted by Deramore Property Group in September 2006 and later withdrawn in June 2007)

Project Information


243000 ft²



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