Obel Tower, Belfast
|Location||Donegall Quay, Belfast, Northern Ireland.|
|Roof||85 m (279 ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Broadway Malyan and Chris Marshall|
Costing £60 million and measuring 85 metres (279 ft) in height, the tower dominates the Belfast skyline. On completion it overtook the previous tallest building in Belfast and Northern Ireland, Windsor House (80 m), also in Belfast. Developed by the Karl Group, the Obel Tower is located on Donegall Quay on the River Lagan beside the Lagan Weir.
Construction work on phase one of the project, the foundations and 2 storey basement carpark, began in January 2006. In mid-2007 construction work on the site ceased, and all of the construction equipment was removed; construction then recommenced on 17 June 2008.
Planning permission was granted in January 2008 for an extra two floors to be added to the tower to cater for further demand in apartment space. The anticipated completion date was originally summer 2010; however, owing to the construction moratorium the building was not completed until spring 2011. These extra floors will bring the overall height up from 80.5 metres to 85 metres.
In October 2011 local catering firm Mount Charles opened its second 'Fed and Watered' branded cafe in one of the retail units on the ground floor.
On Friday 30 November 2012 administrators were appointed to Obel Ltd, Obel Offices Ltd and Donegall Quay Ltd. The three firms control the residential complex. According to the BBC, the main firm, Donegall Quay, is unable to pay debts to the former Bank of Scotland Ireland (BoSI) — believed to be more than £51m.
- "Obel residential sales brochure" (PDF).
- "High-rise flats all sold out in 48-hour rush". Belfast City Council - Investment Belfast News. 8 March 2005.
- "First pile driven on Obel project". Belfast City Council - Investment Belfast News. 1 February 2006.
- "Top legal firm set to move into Obel". Belfast Telegraph. 21 April 2011.
- "Caterers bite into English market". Belfast Telegraph. 22 November 2011.
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