International architectural firm drawn to Belfast by dual market opportunities

Georgina Mullen (right) with her new Belfast-based Hyphen team.

AN international architectural practice has opened a new office in Belfast citing dual market access as a key motivation.

Hyphen employs around 150 people in nine offices across Europe, India and the Americas.

After opening in Dublin in early 2021, the company has now launched its ninth base in Belfast.

In a statement, Hyphen described “a wealth of opportunities” in the north, particularly in retail and logistics.

“Belfast occupies a unique position at the moment, in that it is part of the UK but also part of the European Single Market.

“This has led to opportunities following Brexit, including the rapid growth of the region’s logistics sector, with clients seeking to enhance their access to the EU.”

The architectural firm said it had also been attracted by significant inward investment in the city, and the improved access to the north of England and Scotland.

The small Stranmillis-based team, which is currently 100 per cent female, is being led by Georgina Mullen.

“There are two very large and very good universities in Belfast, producing a stream of talented and experienced architects and architectural technologists,” she said.

“This makes Belfast a good location for building and retaining a team of good quality staff.”

Hyphen chief executive Eddie Miles said the company has worked with a number of Northern Irish firms over the years and has always been impressed.

“We are optimistic about the post-Covid market and as well as our new venture in Belfast we are continuing to explore new expansion opportunities across Europe and Latin America,” he added.

“We remain committed to our philosophy of combining an international outlook with local expertise and are therefore delighted to add Belfast to our portfolio.”

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