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Belfast office project creates 150 jobs to turn it into city’s first future-fit hub

By Emma Deighan

The renovation of Belfast building Chichester House is creating 150 construction jobs as part of an £8m investment. The Belfast project, which is expected to be completed by late 2018, will bring 46,000 sq ft of office and 5,000 sq ft of modern retail space to the NI market following an investment of £8m.

Chichester House, which is in a prime central location fronting Chichester Street, is undergoing a full redevelopment of the building’sits existing six storeys, an extension to the rear and the addition of two new floors. It will also be the first grade A office project in Belfast to be rated by WiredScore, an international real estate rating system for digital connectivity.

And it is the first flagship project for Causeway Asset Management’s ‘future-fit space’ concept, which puts connectivity and technological building advancements at the forefront of building design.

Damian Mitchell, property director at Causeway Asset Management, said: “We are excited that it will be the first building in Belfast to provide this assurance to potential tenants and believe that rating buildings using this transparent system will set a new standard in grade A offices in Belfast.”

Connectivity assessed and certified by WiredScore will now allow Belfast to compete with other global cities such as New York, Paris, London, Dublin and Berlin, which also avail of the service.

Lisney and Lambert Smith Hampton have been appointed joint letting agents on the building.

Lloyd Hannigan from Lisney said: “Belfast is presently a hotbed of activity for the fintech and cyber security companies, so it is encouraging to see a developer who is prepared to embrace the change in Belfast’s occupier market by future proofing their buildings, ensuring top class digital connectivity.

“The advantages for companies locating in Belfast versus other regional UK cities are well documented and the availability of the city’s first WiredScore-certified building will prove to be a further tool in luring office occupiers to the city.”

William Newton at WiredScore said: “It is fantastic to see Causeway Asset Management’s strong commitment to enhance connectivity in their building and we are delighted to start the certification process of Chichester House. Future-proofing the digital infrastructure of their building will be central to meeting their tenants’ evolving digital needs.”

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