Belfast Telegraph

Dromore firm builds on success with City Quays contract

By Margaret Canning

Family-run construction firm GRAHAM has won a £1.7m contract to fit out offices in Belfast's newest commercial building.

Staff from the Dromore-based firm are expected to finish the fit-out of two floors at Belfast Harbour's City Quays 1 office building by June.

The deal is the latest step towards completion of a global services centre for international law firm Baker & McKenzie, the first tenant at the £10m City Quays 1 on the Harbour Estate.

The building - which was started by Belfast Harbour before a tenant had been secured - is the first major speculative build of high-spec offices in the city centre since the economic downturn.

Belfast Harbour property director Graeme Johnston said: "City Quays 1 is a landmark development which will help Northern Ireland to continue to attract inward investors with a Grade A office requirement. "We have created a market-leading office development for Belfast and we want to ensure that its fit-out is completed to a similarly high standard."

He said Belfast Harbour wanted City Quay's to become a "best-in-class waterfront project" which would complement the rebirth of the Harbour area, which also includes Titanic Quarter.

He added: "The stellar pedigree of GRAHAM has been proven time and again over many years, and the company has developed a portfolio which includes some of the UK's most high-profile projects."

Mark Gibson, interior fit-out director at GRAHAM Construction, said: "Winning this contract is a major endorsement of GRAHAM as one of the UK's leading construction companies.

"The provision of such high-end office space will provide a major shot in the arm for Belfast and we are delighted to play our part in its delivery."

GRAHAM is involved in a range of other building schemes across the UK, including new student accommodation for the University of Salford. It has also worked on a facility for import, storage and onward transfer of biomass fuels at the Port of Immingham in Lincolnshire for Associated Briitish Ports.

Back at home in Northern Ireland, it is also working on a new inpatient ward block at the Ulster Hospital.



total cost of the new City Quays 1 building on the Harbour Estate

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