Belfast deals lead Arcen architects to open new offices in city
An architechture and civil engineering firm based in Co Tyrone has said it aims to increase revenues by 20% after opening an office in Belfast.
Arcen, which employs 14 people, has said it plans to hire more staff following the opening.
The firm, which has rebranded from its old name of Teague & Sally, worked on the new global headquarters of engineering firm CDE in Cookstown.
It's working on Northern Ireland's first Dark Sky Observatory at Davagh Forest, also in the Co Tyrone town.
In Belfast, it has won a deal to design a 12-storey social housing apartment scheme, a five-storey student accommodation in University Street, and a multi-million-pound 'Grade A' office development in the city.
Director Jason Arthur said: "From its roots in Mid Ulster, Arcen has grown over the last 34 years to become a national player in the construction sector, effectively able to compete with larger, multinational rivals in terms of quality of work and responsiveness to client needs.
"Belfast is the next logical step for us in developing our portfolio and service offering to clients and we already have a couple of student accommodation and 'Grade A' office development projects underway in the city."
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Arcen, which is based in Cookstown, has been short-listed in the 2019 Building and Architect of the Year Awards (Ireland) for its work on CDE's new premises. The new premises are based on Belfast's Lisburn Road, and will be led by architect Karson Tong.
The firm has worked on a range of projects in the UK and Ireland, from large-scale industrial and commercial projects to public sector work.