Carlton House

Office development
Including Retail use

1-6 Shaftesbury Square, BT2 7DA

About Carlton House

Carlton House is a five-storey office building at the corner of Shaftesbury Square and Fulton Street. Carlton House was built in 1973 and housed the Shaftesbury Square Social Security Office and a post office on the ground floor. Prior to the construction of Carlton House, the site was occupied by the Shaftesbury Buildings. The Shaftesbury Buildings were constructed between 1884-87 and consisted of 11 three-storey terraced houses with expressed dormers, though they suffered considerable damage when a fire struck in 1968. The Shaftesbury Buildings were subsequently demolished and replaced by Carlton House.

Carlton House was unfortunately damaged in a bomb attack in March 1992, after which it lost its last tenant, the Shaftesbury Square Social Security Office. The building was made safe and secure and was protected from intrusion and the elements in anticipation of refurbishment and reoccupation. After testing various other ideas through planning and having established that the office building retained its structural integrity and was capable of resuming its purpose.

In February 2003, Mr. A Steele submitted a planning application (Z/2003/0444/F) proposing the erection of two additional storeys on Carlton House, including an extension to the front elevation, external alterations, and use of ground and first floors for retail or offices. This application was approved in May 2003. Work was undertaken to implement this planning permission before it lapsed in May 2008, which satisfied Planning Service that it was properly commenced.

The building was also surrounded by hoarding and a shroud mounted on scaffolding in an effort to improve the environmental quality of Shaftesbury Square. This was the subject of a retrospective planning application that was submitted by the Belfast City Council in May 2013 (Z/2013/0557/A). This application was approved in December 2015.

In July 2021, Mr. Alistair Steele submitted a planning application (LA04/2021/1964/F) proposing re-cladding of and front extension to the existing Carlton House office building, erection of four additional floors of office accommodation and public realm enhancement works extending along site frontage and Fulton Street. This application was recommended for approval at the Belfast City Council planning committee meeting on 17th January 2023.

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