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Sep

Fermanagh and Omagh 'happiest place to live in the UK'

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Fermanagh and Omagh 'happiest place to live in the UK'

The happiest place to live in the UK is in Northern Ireland while Derbyshire is the least contented, according to national well-being figures. A study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) found people living in Fermanagh and Omagh rated themselves the happiest on a scale of zero to 10. Residents said they were 8.3 when asked: "Overall, how happy did you...

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22

Sep

Fit for the Future? Private Rented Sector Conference 2015

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Fit for the Future? Private Rented Sector Conference 2015

Housing Rights will hold its annual conference on the future of private renting in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 17 November 2015 at Riddel Hall, Belfast. The private rented sector in Northern Ireland accounts for almost 20% of housing stock. This one-day conference will open up debate on how to ensure the private rented sector locally is fit for the future.  It...

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22

Sep

Public invited to view new plans for retail site at former Rolls Royce factory in east Belfast

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Public invited to view new plans for retail site at former Rolls Royce factory in east Belfast

Plans are finally under way to design and build a major retail site in east Belfast at the former Rolls Royce factory. Supermarket giant Sainsbury's had planned to open a store at the Dundonald site on the Upper Newtownards Road, but pulled the plugged two years ago. The retailer had planned to lease a 60,000sq ft unit at the site which is...

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18

Sep

Province likely to share in the UK mortgage frenzy during rush for deals

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Province likely to share in the UK mortgage frenzy during rush for deals

Northern Ireland is likely to be sharing in a UK mortgage bonanza which took hold in August, with figures at their highest for that month since 2007, the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) has said. A rush of people looking to snap up cheap re-mortgage deals over the summer, as well as people buying homes, contributed to the strong figure. And a...

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18

Sep

Buyers hovering for Arts Council HQ

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Buyers hovering for Arts Council HQ

A Grand historic house that served as the Arts Council base is already under negotiation to be sold, it can be revealed. MacNiece House on the Malone Road is currently on the market for a cool £3.5m. According to the McKibbin Commercial Property Consultants website, a section of the building is being offered to let while another section is offered for sale. A...

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16

Sep

Trinity College Dublin sells its only academic building in Belfast

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Trinity College Dublin sells its only academic building in Belfast

Trinity College Dublin is selling its only academic building in Belfast - but has insisted it is not leaving the city. TCD's Irish School of Ecumenics was based in a property on the Antrim Road, but operations have ceased and the building has been put on the market. Students studied an MPhil course in conflict resolution and reconciliation there until recently. The property,...

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16

Sep

Northern Ireland house prices up 7.4% in year to an average of £154,000

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Northern Ireland house prices up 7.4% in year to an average of £154,000

House prices rose faster in Northern Ireland than anywhere else in the UK in July 2015 compared to a year ago, official data has found. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the 7.4% hike meant an average property is now worth £154,000. But homes here remain valued at less than in any other region. Prices went up by 5.6% year-on-year to...

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15

Sep

Reduced rates have led to influx of new retailers in Belfast city centre

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Reduced rates have led to influx of new retailers in Belfast city centre

The recent reduction in rates in Belfast city centre — for which Belfast Chamber of Trade and Commerce had been lobbying for a number of years — along with a general upturn in consumer sentiment, has seen a flurry of new activity and influx of new retailers into the city centre. This is a trend which is set to continue as...

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15

Sep

Asking price of nearly £6m for Belfast offices on Chichester Street

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Asking price of nearly £6m for Belfast offices on Chichester Street

A major Belfast office building entirely occupied by government tenants has gone on the market through CBRE for £5.75m. Oxford and Gloucester House fronts on to Chichester Street and is close to the Belfast law courts. The Seventies building is being sold by commercial property agents CBRE on behalf of an unnamed private investor in Northern Ireland — and the agency...

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15

Sep

Hotel at Belfast City Quays site is a step closer

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Hotel at Belfast City Quays site is a step closer

Work could soon start on a major hotel project in Belfast as part of the City Quays development, after a firm was appointed to begin landscaping the area. Park Hood, based in east Belfast, has won the tender to design the area around the proposed City Quays hotel and second office complex in the Belfast Harbour development. The company said it was...

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