Updated plans have been tabled for the demolition of the 1960s office building at Stormont, which has historically been the base for Northern Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, as well as the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

The Northern Ireland Civil Service Sports Association (NICSSA), which neighbours the 12-storey Dundonald House, has put forth ambitious plans for a £25m “centre of excellence for sport”. This proposal aims to overhaul NICSSA’s existing facilities and repurpose the former office block site.

Crafted by Belfast’s Hamilton Architects, the blueprint envisions a contemporary two-storey structure, replete with state-of-the-art sports halls, changing rooms, and an events space. The Dundonald House plot is set to be transformed into “international standard” sports pitches, as delineated in the proposal documents.

Furthermore, the application includes plans for a full-size international-standard artificial indoor multi-sport pitch, a half-size multi-sport indoor pitch, and two new media boxes adjacent to the club’s cricket green.

It’s pertinent to highlight that, to date, no developer has been assigned to this ambitious endeavour.