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Belfast construction firm to open new £5m city headquarters

An image of the new Gilbert-Ash Belfast headquarters on Boucher Place, due for completion in February
Gareth McKeown

BELFAST-headquartered construction firm Gilbert-Ash is to open a new £5 million office in the city next year.

The growing company has confirmed work is underway on a prestigious new facility on Boucher Place, close to the existing office on the Boucher Road.

The new four-storey building has been designed by Belfast-based Calico Architects and construction is due for completion in February 2020.

The facility will act as the new Gilbert-Ash headquarters and will feature a mix of fixed and stand-sit workstations, promoting an active environment for staff.

The office building will also include flexible glazed meeting pods within most departments, as well as a gym area.

Details of the new office were announced by Gilbert-Ash managing director, Ray Hutchinson at a special art exhibition in The MAC Belfast on Wednesday evening.

The As One exhibition was attended by over 100 guests from across the design and construction industry and celebrated 23 iconic projects carried out by the company.

Selected and interpreted by Hugh Mulholland, senior Curator of The MAC, the imagery included recent, high-profile projects such as; the Cambridge Mosque, the City of London Freemen's School swimming pool and the new build of the renowned Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.

Speaking at the exhibition, Mr Hutchinson reflected upon the success of the company, which employs over 180 staff at offices in Belfast and London.

“We have had the privilege of working with visionary clients, partners and suppliers, and we really do work as one to pursue excellence, delivering innovative, bespoke buildings all over the world," he said.

"Gilbert-Ash is an employee owned company which certainly leads to a unique working culture. Our success is in no small part down to this environment and the hands-on attitude of our dedicated team – often going above and beyond to deliver stunning buildings while confidently facing and overcoming challenges that can often be encountered.”

Gilbert-Ash, whose local body of work includes the £21.5m AC Marriott Hotel and a £22m student accommodation scheme at Great Patrick Street in Belfast, has enjoyed significant growth in recent years. The company's accounts for 2018 showed an 8 per cent increase in turnover to £179.4m.

The current UK Contractor of the Year, also posted a more than three-fold increase in pre-tax profits to £7.6m in 2018, a sizeable jump from £2m in the previous year.

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