Belfast Telegraph

City Quays development recognised with prestigious accolade for standard of design and build

By John Mulgrew

City Quays has been awarded a top prize for the design and build of its first office development.

The initial large glass-clad five-storey office building, which now plays hosts to a number of firms including law form Baker & McKenzie, walked away with the commercial prize at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.

And judges said the Belfast Harbour development had taken the award for a number of reasons, including the use of high quality materials and finishes.

"A modern office building occupying a prominent riverside site, City Quays provides an excellent standard of accommodation that has attracted hi-tech companies and global lawyers as tenants," the judges said.

"The quality of materials and finishes is unusually high for a speculative development in Belfast where office rents are relatively low, but it has paid off with the building fully let at rents which match the highest recorded locally. The flexible spaces and services enable the tenants to provide a working environment that helps them to retain staff. Remarkably, for a commercial project it has been designed to a BREEAM Excellent standard."

Speaking about the win, Belfast Harbour property director Graeme Johnston said: "Recognition such as this is a testament to the hard work put in by the team working on the City Quays 1 development.

"The building was fully let in nine months to significant organisations operating in the knowledge economy, showing the need for this type of office building, and we are carrying that into City Quays 2 office, currently under construction.

"Well done to all the winners at the awards and we look forward to the national event later in the year."

Belfast Telegraph