Belfast Telegraph

Graham Construction in £4.5m deal to work on new 'hotel-like' offices

From left: Jamie McCoubrey, who will head up operations at the new business in Eagle Star House; Ryan Walker, director at Magell Limited, and Stephen Johnston, contracts director at construction contractor Graham
From left: Jamie McCoubrey, who will head up operations at the new business in Eagle Star House; Ryan Walker, director at Magell Limited, and Stephen Johnston, contracts director at construction contractor Graham
Margaret Canning

By Margaret Canning

A Co Down construction firm has won a £4.5m contract to help turn Eagle Star House in Belfast into 'hotel-like' flexible workspace.

Graham Construction will carry out the work on the Upper Queen Street building for property development firm Magell Limited, a third generation family business based in Ballymena.

Magell will then carry out refurbishment of Beaufort House on Wellington Place in Belfast.

Graham, which is based in Hillsborough, will work on the inside and exterior of Eagle Star House.

The project - costing a total of £5.5m - will convert the offices into workspace made up of 500 desks over 30,000 sq ft. It's due for completion early next year.

Magell said its work on Eagle Star House and Beaufort House combined will make it the biggest supplier of flexible workspace in Northern Ireland.

Flexible workspace provision has become a competitive market in Belfast, thanks to the emergence of providers including Glandore in Arthur Street, Clockwise at River House in High Street and Scottish Provident Building in Donegall Square.

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Graham contracts director Stephen Johnston said: "Magell Limited has a clear vision to establish 'a new excellence' in flexible working in Belfast with a core objective of truly meeting the constantly evolving needs of businesses.

"Eagle Star House will house Belfast's first truly design-led flexible workspace and the style and quality of the fit-out are key to achieving that.

"Graham is renowned across the UK and Ireland for the high standard of our work and attention to detail.

"This mirrors the values of Magell Limited and its aims for Eagle Star House and we're thrilled to be working with the team to establish a new generation of flexible workspace in Northern Ireland."

Ryan Walker, director at Magell Limited, said: "The way people want to work is continuing to change and businesses in Belfast want Grade A workspace to be more flexible and accessible.

"With a central location on Upper Queen Street we believe there is a fantastic opportunity to redefine workspace, facilitating real flexibility for growing businesses.

"We are also moving forward with plans to add Beaufort House on Wellington Place to our flexible workspace portfolio, which will further strengthen our offering within the Belfast market."

He said that combined, Eagle Star House and Beaufort House will offer over 65,000 sq ft of space, with 1,100 desks.

Mr Walker added that there would be further facilities.

"When complete, Eagle Star House will resemble a hotel rather than traditional offices," he said.

"Meeting rooms, phone booths, focus rooms, offices, central lounge areas, event space, a large roof terrace, sofas and a cafe will make for a superior working environment complete.

"We will also be one of the first flexible workspace providers to house a dedicated wellness room to support the mental and physical wellbeing of members.

"The workspace will be finished to a specification not seen before in Belfast and Graham was identified as the partner that would help us realise this vision."

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