Farrans has secured a £50m contract to build the new City Quays 3 project on behalf of Belfast Harbour – the largest development project undertaken by the client to date
The new office tower will be capable of accommodating up to 1800 people and will be built near the M3 Lagan Bridge, on a vacant site beside the City Quays 2 building which is currently home to broadcaster UTV and various other businesses.
Significant economic boost
John Armstrong, managing director of the Construction Employers Federation (CEF), welcomed the appointment of Farrans just 4 months after planning approval was secured.
“Farrans, its direct workforce and supply chain will bring a wealth of experience to the project and, at a time of ongoing political and economic uncertainty, the project’s commencement will come as a significant economic boost locally,” John said.
Belfast Harbour’s chief executive, Joe O’Neill, described City Quays 3 as one of the largest strategic investments ever undertaken by Belfast Harbour.
“We’re delighted to award the contract to a local construction company,” Joe commented.
“In addition to supporting 500 local construction jobs, the office will build upon City Quays’ success by providing strategic accommodation to meet demand for grade A, city-centre office space.”
Glenn Gilmore, regional director at Farrans, said Farrans was delighted to be awarded the contract on City Quays 3.
“The award of this prestigious contract, within the heart of the City Quays waterfront scheme, re-establishes our relationship with Belfast Harbour Commissioners,” Glenn pointed out.
“Our team have been heavily involved behind the scenes and this announcement is a testament to the professionalism and expertise of all our team working on the project to date.”
The City Quays 3 application was submitted in May 2017 and sent to DfI for consideration.
It was passed three months after new decision-making powers were given to Northern Ireland civil servants in the absence of Stormont ministers.