Belfast firm of architects celebrates opening of London office
Belfast firm Hamilton Architects has opened its new London offices as it expands its practice in Great Britain.
The firm held an event at Westminster to celebrate opening the new premises at 55 Old Broad Street.
It's part of a continuing trend for Northern Ireland construction companies and related professions to pick up major contracts across the Irish Sea.
Hamilton, which currently employs 38 people, already has a deal to provide social housing for Ealing Council, as well as £30m in contracts for the education sector.
Closer to home, the firm has worked on major restoration projects which include Crumlin Road Gaol Visitors' Centre, and Riddel Hall at Queen's University.
The London opening was attended by Shadow Secretary of State Vernon Coaker and hosted by DUP East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson and SDLP South Belfast MP Alasdair McDonnell.
Hamilton lead partner Mark Haslett said: "Attracting such a high profile audience demonstrates that Northern Ireland talent like ours can still punch way above its weight in a competitive environment like London.
"Our new offices at 55 Old Broad Street represent an investment of £750,000 as we embark on an ambitious five-year growth plan which aims to boost turnover by 50% and increase staff to 65 over the next couple of years."
Hamilton's other projects include Kingspan Stadium, Ulster Museum, the Mersey Ferry Terminal and greyhound stadia in Dundalk and Cork.
Some of its latest major education contracts include deals with South West College, for a new campus on part of the former Erne Hospital site, a new primary school and nursery unit at Gaelscoil na gCrann Primary School in Omagh, and a new 600 pupil secondary school for St Joseph's High School in Crossmaglen.
Hamilton Architects, which also has an office in Londonderry, has been in business for more than 40 years.
It consists of residential, sports and general divisions, as well as Kriterion Architects, specialising in conservation.