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Urban HQ set for expansion with a £7m investment

A flexible workspace business is planning to develop a new second Belfast location as part of a £7m investment, it has been revealed.

Urban HQ has unveiled plans for a new location directly opposite its existing office building Eagle Star House.

It has acquired a site at 46-52 Upper Queen Street and plans to redevelop the location to create a bespoke nine-storey grade A office building offering private office suites, meeting rooms, a wellness studio, members’ lounge and events space.

Since opening in September 2020, Urban HQ has helped transform the flexible workspace market, among those bringing in high-end flexible offices similar to those found in cities such as London and New York.

Urban HQ has now submitted plans to Belfast City Council for an amended proposal which will allow it to introduce its own design.

Subject to planning, it is hoped that work will start on site before the end of 2022, with the new building expected to be ready to welcome new members in early 2024.

The project is expected to support up to 100 full time construction jobs during the build and once completed Urban HQ will also be expanding its own team in the city.

“We are delighted to be able to expand Urban HQ and bring our unique vision of the flexible workspace to even more businesses in Belfast,” Jamie McCoubrey, Urban HQ managing director, said “We have been really encouraged by how well received Urban HQ has been since opening, with our team on the ground offering the very best service and our building offering a truly design-led approach. We are excited to now be taking steps which will reinforce our position as the place to be for businesses who want to occupy the best quality space on flexible terms.”

Ryan Walker, owner of Urban HQ owner, said: “Being able to bring this £7m investment into Upper Queen Street to sit alongside our existing building is incredibly exciting. This area of Belfast has undergone a significant transformation in recent years and we are proud to be playing a part in that story of regeneration.

“Once complete, the offering from Urban HQ will help attract the very best of companies to Belfast and we are very much looking forward to getting started with the next chapter of the Urban HQ story.”

Credit: Belfast Telegraph

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