Imperial Buildings

Office development
Including Food & Beverage use

70-74 High Street, BT1 2BE

About Imperial Buildings

Imperial Buildings is a four storey, with attic, commercial and office building located at 70-74 High Street. Imperial Buildings was designed by W.J. Gilliland and constructed 1906-7. The building enters valuation records in 1908 as two shops, valued at £83 and £110 and 33 offices on the first to fourth floors with valuations from £3.10s to £29. It was reerected from the second floor up, with some details missing, after it was damaged during a Luftwaffe raid in 1941. The building has provided accommodation for a number of companies and organisations including Farrow’s Bank Ltd, the Ulster Teachers’ Union and local offices for the Daily Mail and other newspapers (Street Directories). Since the 1970s the ground floor shops have been occupied by a sports goods retailer (Jackson Sports).

In December 2023, Mark McAllister submitted a planning application (LA04/2023/4579/F) proposing change of use from retail to coffee shop & bakery and plans to open a new Trait Coffee branch. Trait Coffee currently has three branches located on the Lisburn Road, College Square East and in Comber (as of December 2023).

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