Construction of precision medicine hub Dataworks at Kings Hall complete

  • The first phase of development of the Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing Park has been completed with the new precision medicine hub, Dataworks.

    The hub will provide a secure and collaborative space for medical technology (medtech) firms to work. It sits adjacent to the iconic Kings Hall building and will welcome its first tenant, diagnostics firm Diaceutics, in the coming months.

    It is expected to be joined by other indigenous and global medtech companies in the near future and sits within Kings Hall Life Sciences - a hub for life sciences companies of all sizes.

    Dataworks is made up of modern grade A office space, a laboratory and shared room within the Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing Park.

    Construction began in late 2019 by local firm H&J Martin. The building stretches to 40,000 sq ft and a quarter of this will be occupied by Diaceutics.

    Planning permission for the next phase of development has just been granted by Belfast City Council and construction is expected to begin in May this year.

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    The Kings Hall building has been vacant since 2013. As well as Dataworks, the extended site - formerly the Balmoral showgrounds - will include care for the elderly and age-appropriate living, a mixed-use medical facility, a multi-storey car park and a childcare nursery, Malone Kindergarten.

    H&J Martin recently handed the site over to developers, Benmore Octopus.

    David Burrows, Director at Benmore said that "Diaceutics’ commitment to Dataworks is testament to the location, space and collaborative potential of the site, one which will meet the needs of the growing precision medicine sector here in Northern Ireland and around the world."

    "We look forward to welcoming others to the site and building a worldclass hub capable of tackling some of the biggest medical challenges in the world today," he continued.

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