HMRC announces new regional centre in Belfast

Construction of Erskine House is due to start this autumn
Construction of Erskine House is due to start this autumn

HM Revenue and Customs has confirmed it has agreed a deal that will see up to 1,600 staff take a new office building in Belfast city centre.

The agency has signed a 25-year lease with Orby Investment Ltd for Erskine House, on Chichester Street, where it will taking an estimated 104,220sqft of space.

The eight storey development will house retail units at Ground level and HMRC will take the other seven floors with the first staff expected to move in in 2019.

“We are delighted to be facilitating the creation of hundreds of new jobs in Belfast and we look forward to bringing world-class standards of office accommodation to the city centre,” a spokesman for Orby Investment said.

“We are confident that Erskine House will deliver further significant economic benefit to surrounding cafes, restaurants and retailers and the addition of the new building to Chichester Street will be a boost to the city as it continues to establish itself as an attractive place to live and work.”

Simon McEvoy and Neal Morrison of Savills in Belfast advised Orby Investment Ltd. They added: “HMRC’s decision to proceed with Erskine House is one of the largest ever pre-lets in Belfast and off the back of a record take-up in 2016 it reaffirms the underlying strength of demand in the office market.”

Orby Investment has assembled a highly experienced professional team including Todd Architects, Bruce Shaw LLP, Caldwell Consulting and Ian Black Consulting. Construction of the new building is expected to start in Autumn 2017.

HMRC were advised by Rory McConnell of McConnell Chartered Surveyors who are the JLL Alliance Partner in Northern Ireland.