Graham lands multimillion BT office project to overhaul its Belfast site

Graham’s fit out division begins the fit out of BT’s Riverside Tower, Lanyon Place, creating up to 130 roles during the construction phase

By Claire Cartmill
Monday, 4th April 2022, 11:00 am
Updated Monday, 4th April 2022, 11:07 am

Hillsborough-based Graham has secured its highest value BT fit-out project to date in what is believed to be one of BT’s most significant investments in Northern Ireland.

The modernisation project of Riverside Tower is part of BT’s five-year Better Workplace Programme which is a major investment to “help BT modernise” and consolidate its estate to around 30 locations from 300.

Graham’s interior fit-out team, who are already on site and expected to be 130plus strong at its peak during the project, has been appointed to upgrade the 13-storey building and create 160,000 sq ft of new office space to accommodate more than 2000 BT employees.

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The new facilities and services will include flexible workstations, meeting rooms featuring smart technology, communal areas, improved IT systems, multi-faith rooms and areas to optimise health and wellbeing.

Up to 15 local supply chain partner companies will support the project.

Graham will also collaborate with project managers, Faithful+Gould, quantity surveyor Thomas and Adamson, mechanical and electrical services consultants WSP and Michael Laird Architects on the scheme.

Commenting on the partnership with BT in Belfast, Mark Gibson, managing director of Graham’s Interior Fit-Out division, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this major project that will create a fantastic future-fit workplace for BT.

Mark Gibson, managing director of GRAHAM’s interior fit-out division

“When it is finalised, it will help BT transform the way it works and how it serves its ever-growing customer base.

“This is our highest value fit-out contract to date in Belfast and the award demonstrates our reputation for delivering quality and customer service excellence in the office sector.

“Graham has completed a significant portfolio of projects in the city, including Erskine House and Eagle Star House, and, once again, we look forward to showcasing our technical expertise and sustainability credentials on behalf of one of the UK and Ireland’s biggest companies at one of Belfast’s most iconic office buildings.”

The investment from BT will make this project one of the biggest office refurbishments within the province in recent years.

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Jane Wood, BT group director, UK regions, continued: “This is a real sign of our continued commitment to Belfast and also to Northern Ireland as a key strategic location for the business.”

Graeme Paton, BT’s managing director of property and facility services, added: “Our refurbished building in Belfast will bring our people together in an impressive and modern collaborative environment, transforming the way we work.

“Belfast will continue to be an important location for BT Group, and our colleagues at Riverside Tower will benefit from working in a completely refurbished future-fit office which sits in the heart of the city.

“The buildings we work in play a huge part in how we feel and how we collaborate with each other, so we are looking forward to transforming our Belfast office for our colleagues to enjoy as many more of us start to return to our offices over the next few months.”

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Graham is also currently delivering a multi-million pound, 30,000 sq ft project for BT in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Once finalised, it will become the largest customer contact centre in the BT Group’s estate.

The Belfast scheme marks the fourth collaboration between Graham and BT — a relationship that stretches back to August 2019 when Graham successfully delivered a modernisation programme at BT’s Dublin offices (Grand Canal Plaza).

In 2021, Graham was also appointed to complete an additional scheme within the building to facilitate BT’s new Dublin-based “ProcureCo” company.

Computer generated images of the floor co-create space