City Quays 2: Lagan Building Contractors lands £18m Belfast Harbour project deal
Belfast firm Lagan Building Contractors has landed an £18m contract to begin work on the new City Quays 2 building.
It's the latest phase in Belfast Harbour's grand £250m, 20-acre regeneration plan for the area.
The project is predicted to create up to 600 construction jobs during the build, and is due to be completed in early 2017.
The first City Quays building currently houses US law firm Baker & McKenzie, and it's understood work is under way to fit out other floors in the building for a global tech firm.
Belfast Harbour chairman Dr David Dobbin said with 85% of City Quays 1 already let, it's clear "there is a high demand for office space of this quality and specification within Belfast".
"Belfast Harbour is delighted to appoint a local contractor to build what we expect to be an impressive addition to the waterfront, and we are pleased with how quickly the development is progressing overall.
"We have already had interest from prospective tenants in knowledge-based sectors and look forward to adding more world-class organisations to the 700 already located in the Harbour Estate".
And Colin Loughran, chief executive of Lagan Construction Group, said: "Lagan Building Contractors, part of the Lagan Construction Group of companies, is delighted to have secured the City Quays 2 contract which adds to our current portfolio of building projects in Belfast.
"We have a fully committed team to ensure the contract is delivered with the highest safety standards, and within programme and cost requirements."
Work could also soon start on the City Quays hotel, after Park Hood, based in east Belfast, won the tender to design the area around the development.
The City Quays project is the largest commercial venture by Belfast Harbour, which is developing the lands beside the River Lagan and M3 motorway.