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HKR plans tallest skyscraper in Northern Ireland - image

HKR Architects has submitted plans for what would be the tallest tower in Northern Ireland.

The 109m-tall Aurora skyscraper in Great Victoria Street, Belfast would trump the height of a proposed 104m-high tower at Bedford Square in the city's Franklin Street.

However, the project, for developer McAlister Homes, will still fall short of the 130m-tall U2 tower, south of the border in Dublin.

The 37-storey HKR scheme will house 291 luxury apartments, a gym, office space and a restaurant.

Developer boss Mervyn McAlister said: 'Aurora will set a new benchmark for residential and commercial development in the city centre.

'It will be recognised as the most exciting and innovative scheme of its type ever built in Northern Ireland.

'Its construction when seen alongside schemes such as Victoria Square, Bedford Square and the Obel Building reflects the growing confidence of Belfast moving forward into the future,' he added.

by Richard Waite

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