Belfast Telegraph

Belfast City Council's former digital HQ on sale for £2.95m

Ann Trueman of StepSpace; Stephen Walker of PA Consulting, and Damian Mitchell from Causeway Asset Management
Ann Trueman of StepSpace; Stephen Walker of PA Consulting, and Damian Mitchell from Causeway Asset Management
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

Belfast City Council is selling its offices at Gloucester Street for just under £3m, it has emerged.

The four-storey office block at 22-38 Gloucester Street, which had been home to the council's digital services, has gone on the market through selling agents Osborne King.

It said it was seeking offers of over £2.95m for the site, which includes a car park with 28 spaces.

Director Thomas Osborne said: "It's a city centre site at 0.35 acres, which makes it a good-sized site.

"We do expect interest from owner-occupiers interested in refurbishing the building itself, or from commercial and residential developers who may redevelop it entirely."

Four years ago the council announced it was buying new offices at Adelaide Street in a deal worth £24.7m.

However, it said at the time that the move would be at no cost to the ratepayer as it would be selling off surplus buildings. Digital services are now housed at Adelaide Street.

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Meanwhile, a developer has announced it's spending another £1m on office space for fast-growing tech companies.

StepSpace, run by Causeway Asset Management, said it's doubling its space at Belfast's Centre House because tenant companies are growing faster than anticipated.

International consultancy firm and StepSpace tenant PA Consulting, which is creating 400 jobs for digital specialists in Belfast, will expand to the first floor of Centre House. StepSpace said its business model was a flexible alternative to the typical lease, as it offered private office space around a communal area with operational and support services.

Ann Trueman, manager of StepSpace, said: "We have had a busy and exciting year at StepSpace and our expansion into the first floor of Centre House has come well ahead of our projected schedule.

"We have had a high level of interest since launch and we are delighted to be expanding to facilitate the growth of members like PA Consulting as they build on their existing presence in Northern Ireland. Providing ambitious and successful companies with a flexible, modern and adaptable office space is our goal."

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