Mascott Construction to undertake major renovation of iconic Custom House in Belfast
Award-winning contractor Mascott Construction (Europe) Ltd has been appointed to undertake the major refurbishment and fit-out of one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings, Custom House.
Located in Custom House Square in central Belfast, the Grade B + listed building was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, one of Belfast’s leading architects and built by D & J Fulton between 1854 and 1857. It is considered to be the one of Belfast’s finest neoclassical buildings and represents a strong link to the city’s industrial heritage.
Custom House was acquired last year by Straidorn Properties, the real estate investment arm of local businessman Neil McKibbin and his family, who made a global investment of £ 7.5million to renovate the 58,000 square foot space in stylish new offices.
Straidorn has developed a project with local architectural firm Todd that sympathetically links and enhances the industrial origins, splendor, character and historic features of the existing building to the expectations of modern office users.
Work is scheduled to begin in November 2021 and end in June 2022.
Jonathan Payne, Managing Director of Mascott said: “We are absolutely delighted with our appointment for this prestigious project. It demonstrates commitment and support to the local construction industry by Straidorn. This project will provide employment for up to 100 people throughout its construction period, bringing local skills to a local project for a local client.
Neil McKibbin, Director of Straidorn Properties, said: “We are really delighted to be able to hire Mascott to start renovations on one of Belfast’s tallest buildings. Custom House is of enormous historical and strategic importance to the city and to our business, and our investment demonstrates our confidence both in the Belfast office market and in the city itself.
While the building has undergone phases of renovation throughout its history, Custom House has a number of period features, such as its original staircase, expansive halls, and a number of decorative sculptures, including figures of Neptune, Mercury and Britannia and others representing Manufacture, Peace, Commerce and Industry.
The four floors of Custom House will be included in the ongoing renovation project, which will offer a new coworking space on the ground floor, a vaulted common room, private phone booths and meeting booths, lounges, a meeting room private dining, showers and changing rooms, and a range of offices of varying sizes.
The renovation and layout project aims to enhance the character and spaciousness of the existing building – such as the grand entrance hall, main rooms, classic windows and cornices – while adding new personality and an industrial touch. in interior design.
The first and second floors will revolve around a central staircase, with an entrance reception hall, and the upper “Commissioners Room”, while the third-floor offices and the mezzanine with exposed beams will have a loft aesthetic. industrial building that will remain in keeping with the classic characteristics of the building.