On your marks, set and ready to go. The Sixth plans to deliver Belfast’s first rooftop running track

Published on 6th August 2018

Plans have been submitted to create Belfast’s first ever rooftop running track at The Sixth, the former Belfast Telegraph building, as part of a £75m regeneration plan that places ‘user well-being’ at the centre of a pioneering office and creative workspace development.

An application has been submitted this week which details proposals to sensitively restore and refurbish the Grade B2 Listed 1886 ‘Seaver building’ – the former headquarters of the daily newspaper – and to redevelop the remainder of the site with a contemporary, mixed use new build scheme. A total of 230,000 square feet of workspace is proposed across seven floors, with a public atrium and walkway on the ground floor, alongside retail and food and beverage uses.

Councillor Aileen Graham, Deputy Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said:

“The partnership is pleased to have submitted its full planning application for The Sixth. We’ve made a commitment in the Belfast Agenda to growing our city’s economy and positioning the city to compete internationally. Quality, innovative workspace like The Sixth will attract the high-value jobs necessary to grow our economy and help our people reach their full potential. Not only will The Sixth boost the city centre’s vibrancy as part of an emerging creative district, it’s going to breathe new life into one of Belfast’s most loved and iconic buildings.”


At the core of the building’s quality design is a focus on user wellness and wellbeing, an increasingly important consideration for the design of commercial buildings. Stephen Surphlis, speaking on behalf of Bel Tel LLP explained:

“Offices and workspace are evolving and UK and international companies are looking to Belfast and the wealth of talent we have on tap from our universities and within our professional, creative and technology sectors. These firms are placing a premium on employee satisfaction and are seeking working environments that facilitate team interaction, innovation and creativity. Our plans for The Sixth emphasise quality, heritage-led design that makes a contribution to both user wellbeing, and the fabric of our city.

“We’ve engaged world-class architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), winner of the 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize and most recently voted Architectural Practice of the Year 2018 by Architects Journal to deliver a unique building that will have a transformative effect on Belfast, by attracting end occupiers who will deliver up to 2,000 high-value jobs.”


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