Grant Thornton builds in room to grow

Grant Thornton managing partner Richard Gillan, in the firm's new offices in the landmark Danske Bank building on Donegall Square Sth
Grant Thornton managing partner Richard Gillan, in the firm's new offices in the landmark Danske Bank building on Donegall Square Sth

Business advisory firm Grant Thornton has moved into new offices on Donegall Square in a seven-figure move that heralds major expansion plans.

The firm has taken the third floor in the landmark Danske Bank building on Donegall Square West after what it described as a period of unprecedented growth.

The state-of-the-art facilities will feature a largely open plan office, with call booths and collaboration zones throughout, facilitating creativity, innovation and teamwork.

“The move from Clarence Street West may be a relatively short one geographically, but, symbolically, it is huge,” said managing partner Richard Gillan.

“Moving to such an iconic, city centre landmark reflects our confidence in the future, and will provide a fitting and professional environment that will help facilitate our continued expansion.

“Our Belfast office has enjoyed exponential growth across all business streams, with our workforce doubling and our revenues almost trebling in the last three years.

“That growth is set to accelerate in 2018, and we look forward to setting out details of our expansion plans soon.”

Grant Thornton’s new office was designed by Todd Architects, with the interior fit-out carried out by Graham.

“As well as the call booths and collaboration booths, the space includes eleven further meeting rooms, a relaxed client seating area and a library.

“It is an exciting time to be working for Grant Thornton and we look forward to settling into our new space.

“The new office design very much reflects the reputation that we have garnered for doing things a little bit differently.

“Indeed, one of the most important design considerations of the move was that we find room for our pool table which has made the trip from Clarence Street West!”