Mac-Group in £11m deal to refurbish River House
Local firm Mac-Group has secured an £11m contract to refurbish Belfast's River House into Grade A office space.
The project at the office building on High Street will support 160 jobs during construction, the company said.
Mac-Group, which was founded in Newry in 2002 by Paul McKenna, is a contractor in the construction, refurbishment and fit-out of offices and commercial buildings.
It has offices in Newry, Dublin, London and Birmingham.
River House is owned by Castleforge Partners, a London-based property investment and development company.
The 14-storey office block is to be transformed into 90,000 sq ft of retail and top-end office space.
Brendan Moley, group interiors director of the Mac-Group, said: "This is a major project in the office sector in Northern Ireland and signals a major vote of confidence in the Belfast market. We anticipate that the project will take 65 weeks to complete and we are well on course for our target completion date of May 2018."
Five floors of the building will be dedicated to SME and start-up businesses under a scheme developed by Castleforge Partners.
The Clockwise project aims to support start-ups and medium-sized businesses by offering meeting rooms, hot desks and shared working space.
As companies grow, they can let additional office space within the building.