Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph Property Awards: Top construction consultancy WH Stephens proud to back awards category

By Stephanie Bell

Leading construction consultancy WH Stephens is the proud sponsor of the Best Commercial Fit Out category in this year's Belfast Telegraph Property Awards.

One of Northern Ireland's leading construction consultants, the firm specialises in project management, cost management, building surveying and asbestos management.

Billy Wallace, managing partner and chairman of WH Stephens, offered best wishes to all those nominated for this year's awards and said the company was looking forward to meeting up with clients, friends and colleagues across the industry at the awards ceremony next week.

"This year's property awards come at a time of increasing uncertainty in the Northern Ireland construction sector," he said.

"WH Stephens is proud that, despite the increasing uncertainty created by a lack of government, to have successfully delivered a number of key local projects including the City Quays development for Belfast Harbour, Ulster University Block BB, York Street, Omagh Hospital and ongoing developments in the retail sector such as the Boulevard, Banbridge, Junction One, Antrim, Rushmere Shopping Centre and Retail Park, together with the Tower Centre, Ballymena.

"Despite threats to the economy from Brexit and failures in local government, we're optimistic that the next year will see the Northern Ireland construction sector get back on to a steady footing."

WH Stephens is a professional consultancy practice that was formed in Belfast as a partnership in 1865. For over 150 years the practice has been a stalwart of consistency and dependability in the development, re-development and conservation of the infrastructure and built environment throughout Ireland.

In more recent decades, the practice has applied its knowledge, management expertise and professional skills, in a collaborative manner, on projects throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.

This includes continuing growth of operations in England via projects such as the major town centre mixed use redevelopment in Woking, Surrey (£500m) and in Ireland with ongoing major appointments such as the Book of Kells Trinity Visitor Experience (€70m) and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (€25m) in Dublin.

The eight partners that run the practice are supported by a number of dedicated associates who in turn are supported by senior surveying and project management professionals who are chartered members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

WH Stephens operates from seven offices throughout the UK and Ireland, combining international experience with local expertise. Offices are located in Belfast, Ballymena, Dublin, Edinburgh, Wakefield, Northampton and Woking.

Experienced staff provide services for every need from individual commissions and reports to full project, programme and cost management.

WH Stephens can also provide a full multi-disciplined design team from their tried and trusted partnership network.