J3474 : River House, Belfast

taken 6 years ago, near to Belfast, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland

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River House, Belfast
River House, Belfast
Elevated view of River House on High Street, Belfast; the top deck of the InShops/Hi-Park multi-storey car park is in the foreground.
River House, High Street, Belfast

A late 1960’s/early 1970’s office building, between Sugarhouse Entry and the former National Bank, built on a WWII bomb site. The 1918 street directory shows “42 to 46. Panopticon Cinematograph Theatre - Fredk. Stewart, proprietor 48, 50. Currie, John, & Co., house furnishing ironmongers & hardware merchants 52. Jeffrey, W., & Co., saddlers 54, 56. Keegan, Graham & Co., wine and spirit merchants 58, 60. Nesbitt & Co., House Furnishers, Auctioneers and Valuators”. The 1943 edition shows “22-60. Vacant”.
There is the following (28 October 2016) planning permission “LA04/2016/1998/F New curtain wall to upper floors at front of building, overcladding to top floor, replace windows to rear, refurbish cladding panels to side and rear elevations, reclad escape stair. 48-60 High Street Belfast BT1 2BE”.

The "InShops", Belfast

The “InShops”, on the ground floor of the “Hi park” J3474 : The "Hi-park", Belfast multi-storey car park, provide accommodation for small traders. My understanding of the concept is that they allow a small trader to start a business without being tied to a long lease. Some of the shops have a street frontage (and might not be affected) and some are inside – a bit like the original Smithfield Market. The local media reported this week that the operation will close by the end of June 2012. The explanation given is that the cost, to the “InShops” operator, of a new lease of the ground floor would make it uneconomic to continue. Note: the photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of record only and do not make any comment, for or against, the closure. The ground floor, vacant since the closure of the shops, is the subject of the following application for planning permission: “Z/2014/0312/F 6/03/2014 Former In Shops Shopping Centre 71-72 High Street Belfast Refurbishment of existing building to provide a new shop front facing High Street and other alterations to Pottingers Entry and Church Lane elevations Lidl NI GmbH”. Permission was given on 12 August 2014.

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J3474, 4357 images   (more nearby search)
Date Taken
Saturday, 27 January, 2018   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 30 January, 2018
Geographical Context
Business, Retail, Services  Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre 
Place (from Tags)
Primary Subject of Photo
Car Park 
Subject Location
Irish: geotagged! J 340 744 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:36.0191N 5:55.6003W
Camera Location
Irish: geotagged! J 341 743
View Direction
Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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Belfast  Car Park  Parked Cars  Urban Regeneration  Urban Renewal  Urban Redevelopment  Urban 

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