by Richard Buckley, Editor, Business Eye

Co. Down based GRAHAM Construction has started work on the £17million Erskine House development in Belfast city centre (20-36 Chichester Street).


The mixed purpose development is scheduled for handover in February 2019. 

Orby Investment Ltd, the developers of the scheme, awarded GRAHAM the contract to construct the eight storey building which will comprise ground floor retail units and approximately 100,000sq ft of high end office accommodation.

Erskine House will become a hive of activity from late 2019, with HM Revenue & Customs set to occupy the seven floors of office space for a period of at least 25 years. The offices will accommodate around 1,600 employees.

Hillsborough-headquartered GRAHAM Construction, which was recently named Major Contractor of the Year at the annual UK Building Awards in London, is Northern Ireland’s largest construction company. It delivers building, civil engineering and fit out projects for both public and private sector clients across the UK and Ireland. 

Commenting on the Erskine House contract, Jonathan Hall, Regional Managing Director, GRAHAM Construction, says:

“Winning this contract is a major endorsement of GRAHAM as one of the UK’s leading construction companies. Erskine House is an iconic Belfast project and we are delighted to be playing a part in reinvigorating this city centre space.”

GRAHAM Construction is currently working on over 100 live sites (50 building, 44 civils and 14 fit-out) across the UK and Ireland.  The company recently announced that it is set to hit a record £400m worth of live construction projects in Northern Ireland.

With records dating back over 200 years, privately-owned GRAHAM employs approximately 2,100 employees across its UK and Ireland operations. Over 1,100 of these employees are from Northern Ireland, with the company headquarters located in Hillsborough, County Down.

The GRAHAM Group, which deals in construction, asset management and project investment businesses, saw group turnover for the year 2016 to 2017 rise by 11% to £565m (£508m a year earlier), and profit sales of £16 million.

In the past five years GRAHAM has also risen from 140 to its current position of 16 in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250, which ranks the UK’s mid-market growth private companies with the biggest sales. 

The company has also recently achieved the coveted Investors in People Platinum standard, making it one of only two companies in Northern Ireland to currently hold this level of accreditation.

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