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New KPMG Belfast office paves the way for Northern Ireland expansion

Pictured at the new KPMG Belfast headquarters are Ashleen Feeney, director, KPMG in Northern Ireland; John Hansen, partner in charge, KPMG in Northern Ireland; Sara Hamill, associate director, KPMG in Northern Ireland and Jordan McCune, trainee, KPMG in Northern Ireland
Gareth McKeown

MULTI-national accountancy firm KPMG has announced plans to further grow its presence in Northern Ireland, through the opening of a new Belfast office.

The firm's 250-strong team have moved into a larger 39,000 sq ft space across two floors in the distinctive Soloist Building, situated adjacent to Belfast's Waterfront Hall at Lanyon Place.

The relocation from Great Victoria Street is, according to KPMG, a sign of the company's intention to grow further in Northern Ireland in the coming years.

“Our investment in the Soloist will be instrumental in supporting our ambitious growth plans in Northern Ireland. Later this month we will welcome 30 new members to our team in Belfast and, as market demand for our services continues to grow, so, too, will our team here," KPMG Northern Ireland partner in charge John Hansen said.

Mr Hansen believes the new offices will enable the firm's employees to work in a more collaborative way.

“Our move to this fantastic new building presents us with an exciting opportunity to work in a more modern and effective environment – ensuring that we continue to deliver an exceptionally high-quality service to our clients,” he said.

The five-storey Soloist Building is the result of an international design competition jointly sponsored by developer Ewart Properties and Laganside Corporation (independently managed by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects). The ‘Soloist', by Niels Torp Architects, was selected as the winning design entry. Construction of the building was completed in 2014.

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