Belfast Telegraph

Savills backs Telegraph award for top architectural practice

By Stephanie Bell

Settling into state-of-the-art new offices in Belfast city centre this month, global real estate services provider Savills has again announced its support for the Belfast Telegraph Property Awards.

The company, which has just relocated to Longbridge House in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, is sponsoring the Architectural Practice of the Year Award for the third year in a row.

Up until now the multinational firm has been based on the first floor of Lesley Studios on May Street, where it has been for the past 13 years.

In that time the Belfast office has grown from the original team of two people to more than 20 staff members.

Ben Turtle, head of the Savills Belfast Office, said: "The office move is a milestone for Savills in Belfast. Our business has evolved greatly over the past 13 years and the new space effectively positions us for a further period of growth and expansion."

CGDM Construction was tasked with the brief of designing an exceptional office space for the firm, one which would promote the well-being and productivity of the Savills workforce, using the highest quality of workmanship and materials.

According to Savills, the new office is cutting-edge in terms of its contemporary design and seismic attention to detail.

Special bespoke elements include a signature feature wall, created by Chris Mullan of Todd Architects.

Ben Turtle added: "Longbridge House is a unique site in the Cathedral Quarter neighbourhood and the space will deliver best-in -class facilities for our staff and clients for many years to come."

Savills has handled some of the largest property investment deals in Northern Ireland, most notably acting for Wirefox in 2017 on their acquisition of CastleCourt Shopping Centre. The deal was Northern Ireland's largest single commercial property transaction, completing for an excess of £120m.

Other recent deals brokered by the property firm include the leasing of Erskine House to HM Revenue and Customs, accommodating more than 1,600 new employees on Chichester Street.

Savills Belfast is a multi-disciplinary office, offering a wide range of commercial property services across all sectors, including, investment and capital markets, agency incorporating retail, office, industrial and residential, management and professional services, including valuation and landlord and tenant.

Looking forward to celebrating this year's successes within the property industry at our awards, Ben added: "We are delighted with the awards event and as a major player in the commercial market, we want to support it and celebrate the successes of the past year.

"The industry has a lot to shout about and a lot of good things are happening and I think it is important for people to get together and showcase that talent, which the Belfast Telegraph Property Awards does so well."