6 of the Coolest Office Spaces in Belfast City CentreLast Updated: January 1, 2019
Some employees have all the luck! Check out these 6 of the coolest office spaces in Belfast, and sample the workspace standards that are enjoyed by these fortunate workers in the capital of Northern Ireland.
BELFAST is one of the key economic centres on the island of Ireland and a significant business centre for the United Kingdom. The capital city of Northern Ireland is as rich in culture and heritage as it is bustling in business, and so its best offices—whether occupied by sole businesses or service offices that are home to a number of companies (a popular option in this busy city)—are notable for their historic significance and artistic excellence. Here are just 6 of the coolest office spaces in Belfast as an indication of the incredible working environments available to employees in this city.
1. Grant Thornton
INSPIRATION for the layout of the Grant Thornton office came from blockbuster movies. Marcon Fitout worked to create an open and functional workplace for Grant Thornton people to work from, while also putting them completely at ease in magical, themed surroundings. At the 2013 launch of this incredible workspace, its senior designer Lisa Allen said that one of her aims was to tackle workplace stress, and help employees to find a work-life balance. “My design aim was to create an open functional office design for Grant Thornton people to work in, yet have unique meeting rooms where they could step away from their desks and feel they have been transported to a jungle when they are in the Jurassic Room, or a Spaceship when in the Star Wars room, or magically be in the Common Room at Hogwarts”.
2. Scottish Provident Building
AS WELL as an ideal location in the historic commercial epicentre of Belfast, clients will feel at home in beautiful surroundings in this Scottish Provident Building office. It is a serviced office workspace that has been designed with the kinds of interiors and services you would expect to find in a boutique hotel. The managers of the facility pride themselves on the “real sense of community” they have created for the tenants, and they host a ‘Fridays in the Lounge’ social get-together to enable all companies and staff come together, either to talk business or just unwind.
3. Belfast Harbour Office
AN A-LISTED building, refurbished by Sheehan & Barry, is now the headquarters of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners. Its extremely elegant layout provides its employees and clients with an ultra professional atmosphere. The building is also a must-see for tourists, who can also avail of guided tours of its opulent, enormous spaces, columns, impressive staircases and huge doors. One popular highlight is a table intended for the Master of the Titanic, but not prepared in time for the liner’s ill-fated maiden voyage.
4. Baker & McKenzie
GLOBAL firm Baker & McKenzie, which boasts 77 offices in over 40 countries, opened a new Global Services centre in Belfast in 2015. For a firm of such pedigree, it’s unsurprising to find one of their worldwide operations is so spacious and minimalist, with an abundance of natural daylight thanks to large windows opening on to views of the skyline, and predominantly wood-panel walls and light floors enhancing the sense of space. Professional and stylish to the n-th degree.
DRINKS company Diageo occupies this modernist office space at Capital House on Upper Queen Street, in the heart of Belfast City Centre. Employing over 300 people throughout Northern Ireland, this handsome Belfast headquarters can host all of its local sales and marketing teams, as well as the company’s entire Irish Customer Services and Credit Management team.
6. Serviced Office Space – Donegal Square West
THESE serviced offices are situated in a landmark building next to Belfast City Hall, built by the Belfast architects between 1899 and 1902. Boasting a great location, the interior has been fitted out to the highest standard, providing all the modern facilities that any business could reasonably expect, while not impacting upon the building’s heritage. These furnished offices, many of them with spectacular views over Belfast City Hall and gardens, are serviced by a lounge area, meeting rooms, virtual office options, AV equipment, meeting rooms and conference facilities.