All buildings on the Ebrington site have now gone out to market, the body tasked with its regeneration has confirmed to the Journal.
Ilex have said that their portfolio of historic buildings on the 26-acre former military base has attracted considerable interest to date, with several expected to be occupied within months.
The distinctive Cunningham Building and the substantial Building 11, which fronts on to the southern end of Ebrington Square, are among those now seen as key business opportunities. The Cunningham building already has planning permission as a licensed restaurant/ bar, while Building 11 has planning permission as offices, with expansion potential.
Ilex itself will be moving on site in February 2015, at Building 83, behind the former Officers’ Mess, while Environment Minister Mark Durkan opened his office on site this week. The building next door to this will open as a commercial enterprise within the next three months.
In June Ilex announced they had appointed Blick Studios to operate the former Turner Prize Buildings 80 and 81 as a creative hub. A spokeswoman said: “Blick formally launched the Hub during CultureTech, are currently developing a bespoke website for Building 80/81 and undertaking market engagement. The formal tenancy application process will get under way shortly and the Hub will be open for business early in 2015.”
She added that by April 2015, Ilex also plans to specifically invite expressions of interests from hotel operators interested in opening at Ebrington.