Gilbert-Ash unveils new £5m Belfast headquarters
BELFAST-headquartered construction firm Gilbert-Ash has opened its new £5 million office in the city.
The opening of the new Boucher Place building last week was marked with a virtual celebration by the company’s workforce across the UK and Europe.
Capable of accommodating up to 100 staff, the project was led from the outset by Gilbert-Ash technical director, Finbarr McMeel and was designed to be open and light.
The company, whose portfolio of local projects includes the Victoria Square shopping complex and Causeway Visitor Centre, last year posted pre-tax profits of £7.4 million.
Managing Director Ray Hutchinson said the past few months had not been business as usual for the firm, but said some staff had returned to sites in recent weeks.
“I am incredibly proud of the Gilbert-Ash team,” he said. “This worst of times has brought out the best in us and we have lots to look forward to – not least moving into our brand new offices when it is safe to do so.
“It has undoubtedly been an incredibly challenging period for us all and it is very positive that the world is now emerging from the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The managing director continued: “Our team have demonstrated remarkable resilience and dedication during this time, those working remotely and those on our client sites.
“In particular, we have been deeply encouraged by the feedback from clients commending our sites as an example of industry best practice with regards to health and safety.
“While is remains a very challenging time for our industry, we wanted to use this occasion to reflect on the year to date, to thank everyone and to reiterate our commitment to continued success in the future for our team, our clients and our wider supplier network as well as their families.”