One of Belfast’s most iconic buildings has found a new lease of life as The Flatiron, offering unrivalled high-specification office space in the heart of the city centre.

The five-storey building on Victoria Street, home to the popular Bittles Bar, has been redeveloped by Holywood-based investor, Wirefox, which purchased it in 2016.

Michael Wright, Director of Asset Management at Wirefox, said:

“We are pleased to unveil a new chapter in the story of what was already one of Belfast’s most striking buildings.

“The release of The Flatiron will help to satisfy demand for high specification office accommodation which continues to vastly outstrip supply.

“We have significantly revitalised this important building, maximising its unique layout to create a contemporary design fit for the future, utilising the high ceilings and exposing brickwork for a modern interior finish.”

As one of the world’s first ‘Flat Iron’ shaped buildings, the historical 1860s warehouse was perched on the river bank in Victorian Belfast. As the town grew around the building, into the bustling city it is today, the location has endured as the centre of commerce in the city.

Savills, which acted for Wirefox in the acquisition of the building, is letting agent for the development.

Simon McEvoy, Divisional Director at Savills, added:

“The Flatiron offers three floors of high-grade office accommodation, each providing more than 1,600 sq ft of space.

“The historic building has been finished to an exceptionally high standard including the installation of engineered hardwood flooring and feature radiators while a restored staircase from the entrance lobby is complemented by a new five-person lift offering access to all floors.

“Significant interest has already been expressed in the available leases, underlining the rarity of this opportunity to establish a base in one of the city’s most unusual landmarks.”

Bittles Bar itself, which was founded in 1868 and originally called the Shakespeare due to its theatrical clientele, remains on the ground floor of The Flatiron.

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