Belfast Telegraph

Carson McDowell helps to honour Commercial Development of the Year

Rosemary Carson
Rosemary Carson

We are delighted to have leading Belfast solicitors Carson McDowell on board to support the 2016 Belfast Telegraph Property Awards.

The company which has the largest commercial property team in Northern Ireland is aptly sponsoring our Commercial Development of the Year Award.

This category is open to developers either operating within Northern Ireland or to local developers carrying out work outside the province.

Rosemary Carson is a Partner and Head of Real Estate at Carson McDowell.

She says: “The commercial property sector in Northern Ireland is enjoying a period of optimism following a challenging time over the past decade.

“This is mainly due to the interest in Belfast from investors and developers and the excellence and ambition of the people we will recognise at the Belfast Telegraph Property Awards 2016.

“Carson McDowell is pleased to play its part in acknowledging the achievements of the sector by sponsoring the Commercial Development of the Year award. “

The company’s professional commercial property team is supported by experienced standalone planning, environmental, property litigation and construction teams.

This unique offering sets the firm apart from other local law firms and has led to its successful involvement in many of the most exciting transactions in Northern Ireland in recent times, including acting for the Belfast Telegraph on the sale of our Royal Avenue premises and subsequent move to Clarendon Dock.

Rosemary says the firm is looking to the future redevelopment of Belfast: “We wholeheartedly support Belfast City Council in its campaign for regeneration and we remain focused on collaboratively working together to deliver a city centre which will drive economic growth and social benefits.

“As part of this work we were delighted to be part of the Belfast delegation at this year’s international property showcase at MIPIM.”

She adds: “The city centre is already enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment with planning applications in for a number of new office and hotel developments, and work underway on many others.

“We have been involved in many of these projects right through from site assembly to eventual leasing and relish working collaboratively with our clients to bring these projects to fruition. As a practice we want to be the first name on our client’s team sheet.”

Carson McDowell has also been busy on the retail side of the market this year. The company has a wealth of experience in this sector and act for many shopping centre owners and a host of multiple retailers, both well established and newcomers to the Northern Ireland market, including Tesco, Arcadia, DV8, Kiko Cosmetics, The Entertainer, Greggs and Patisserie Valerie.

This year has seen continued resurgence in some of Belfast’s traditional retail pitches such as the Donegal Place and Castle Lane area, in part driven by the favourable rates revaluation.

New ventures by retailers such as Skechers, Moss Bros, Stradivarius and DW Sports have all opened in recent months and a number of existing retailers, such as Zara and House of Fraser, have completed extensive refurbishments — confirming their confidence in the city centre.

 Says Rosemary: “Northern Ireland has an exciting future ahead and the commercial property sector will play a vital role in shaping and delivering that future.

“Carson McDowell looks forward to being a part of that and wishes all the short-listed entrants luck in the awards.”