Custom House, the crowning jewel in the BE Offices flexible workspace portfolio, welcomes its first clients as a mix of businesses take up occupancy to kickstart the new year.
BE Offices is thrilled to announce the opening of Custom House as the first of its new clients take up occupancy this week. Businesses representing the tech, finance, architecture, management services, property, recruitment and fashion sectors are the first new year move-ins to the iconic building which has undergone an extensive £6m plus refurbishment programme to deliver arguably the very finest flexible workspace Belfast has to offer.
Custom House was designed by leading Belfast architect Sir Charles Lanyon and constructed between 1854 and 1857 by D & J Fulton. Throughout its history it has been subject to various remodelling schemes but has retained some of its original period features, including the magnificent central staircase and a number of decorative carvings which include three figures depicting Neptune, Mercury and Britannia, with additional figures said to represent manufacture, peace, commerce and industry.
The landmark building has been sympathetically and fully refurbished to futureproof it for the next 30 years and enable anyone to come and use it – from a single co-worker to 150-person office. The building offers a podcast room, wellness pods, complimentary gym, yoga studio, shower and changing facilities, bike storage and a superb coffee lounge with magnificent views of the river, the Lagan Weir and Belfast’s famous Harland and Woolf Cranes. There is also an extensive suite of indoor and outdoor event spaces and meeting room facilities, all managed by an experienced and dedicated onsite hospitality team, headed by the former Deputy General Manager of The Slieve Donard, Richard Taylor, on hand to deliver BE Offices’ award-winning customer service and support.
The building is set to be Northern Ireland’s first WELL Certified building, on track to achieve Platinum status via the International WELL Building Institute. WELL focuses exclusively on the ways that buildings can improve occupier comfort, drive better choices, and generally enhance, occupier health and wellbeing.