Graham Is ‘Perfect Fit’ for £1.7M project at City Quays

City QuaysBelfast Harbour has awarded a £1.7m contract to Northern Ireland construction firm GRAHAM to provide a premium office fit-out for two floors at its City Quays 1 office building.

The contract is the final stage in the creation of a new Global Services Centre for Baker & McKenzie, one of the world’s largest law firms and the first tenant at City Quays 1, Belfast Harbour’s £10m flagship, 83,000 sq ft Grade A office scheme.

Work on the office fit-out, now underway, is expected to be completed by June 2015. The fit-out works include partitioning, flooring and ceilings to create offices, meeting rooms, a reception area and staff dining area.

Commenting on the contract award, Belfast Harbour’s Property Director, Graeme Johnston, said:

“City Quays 1 is a landmark development which will help Northern Ireland to continue to attract inward investors with a Grade A office requirement. We have created a market-leading office development for Belfast and we want to ensure that its fit-out is completed to a similarly high standard.

“Our vision for City Quays is to create a best-in-class waterfront project offering a variety of uses and to complement the ongoing regeneration of this part of the city centre. There is clear demand in the local market for highly energy efficient, flexible office space and that requires a high-end fit out.

“The stellar pedigree of GRAHAM has been proven time and again over many years, and the company has developed a portfolio which includes some of the UK’s most high-profile projects.”

City Quays 1 is the first development of the wider City Quays project, a 20-acre office-led scheme to be funded and developed by Belfast Harbour which will provide two million sq ft of space in total, including 820,000 sq ft of Grade A office accommodation, together with residential and retail elements as well as a waterfront hotel.

Mark Gibson, Interior Fit-out Director, GRAHAM Construction, commented: “Winning this contract is a major endorsement of GRAHAM as one of the UK’s leading construction companies.

“The provision of such high-end office space will provide a major shot in the arm for Belfast and we are delighted to play our part in its delivery.”

Jason Marty, Baker & McKenzie’s Global Director of Operations, added: “We’re building a team to provide world-class innovative, creative and efficient legal and business services to our offices and Practice Groups around the globe, so it is befitting that we have world-class office space to match.

“We’re already up and running in Belfast with 75 people on board and we look forward to moving into City Quays and growing the team.”

Further developments within City Quays include the 124,000 sq ft City Quays 2 Grade A office, a 4* 200-bed hotel and a multi-storey car park.

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