Chichester House, a six-storey office block situated in a prime location off Chichester Street within Belfast’s City Centre, is set to be the focus of an extensive renovation and extension project, creating 150 construction jobs in the process.

An artist's impression of the Chichester House interior once completed   - Img: Belfast Telegraph
The project will see the current premises undergo a full redevelopment of the existing six storeys, as well as an extension to the rear and the addition of two new floors. The newly-renovated premises will provide 46,000sq ft of office space and 5,000sq ft of modern retail space at a cost of approximately £8million.

The Chichester House renovation stands as the first flagship project of Causeway Asset Management’s wider ‘future-fit space’ concept, which aims to place connectivity and technological building advancements at the forefront of modern building design. As a result the building will be the first grade-A office project in Belfast to be rated by WiredScore, an international real estate rating system for digital connectivity.

It is hoped that the certified rating from WiredScore will allow Belfast to compete with other global cities such as New York, Paris, London, Dublin and Berlin, all of which make good use of the service.

Damian Mitchell, property director at Causeway Asset Management, said of the project, “We are excited that it will be the first building in Belfast to provide this assurance to potential tenants and believe that rating buildings using this transparent system will set a new standard in grade-A offices in Belfast.”

Lloyd Hannigan of Lisney, the real estate firm appointed as joint letting agents on the building alongside Lambert Smith Hampton, also commented, “Belfast is presently a hotbed of activity for the FinTech and cyber security companies, so it is encouraging to see a developer who is prepared to embrace the change in Belfast’s occupier market by future proofing their buildings, ensuring top class digital connectivity.

“The advantages for companies locating in Belfast versus other regional UK cities are well documented and the availability of the city’s first WiredScore-certified building will prove to be a further tool in luring office occupiers to the city.”

William Newton at WiredScore also shared a thought on the project, stating that, “It is fantastic to see Causeway Asset Management’s strong commitment to enhance connectivity in their building and we are delighted to start the certification process of Chichester House. Future-proofing the digital infrastructure of their building will be central to meeting their tenants’ evolving digital needs.”

Sam Bonson

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